Category Archives: Writing Tips

To Spell or Not To Spell?

Ah, that is the question! Realizing the difficulty in finding “rules” for grammar in a nation built on the diversity of its citizens, the problem of spelling is particularly annoying. What may have survived as a spelling rule in England’s … Continue reading

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Writing Tips

Ah, this is an easy one! What can one writer give another writer as a “tip,” something useful to apply to their chosen pursuit? (You think you chose to be a writer? Doesn’t work that way! Writing chooses you. And … Continue reading

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Wordbaskets

Didn’t think you could weave a basket with words, didja! You may be surprised how many things you can do with words. Here’s how to do that weaving thing. Think of an adjective (something like “hot”). Then think of its … Continue reading

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When Did You Learn To Write?

When did you learn to write? When you heard another speak to you for the first time? Or after you painstakingly struggled with forming letters with a pencil between your fingers? When did you learn to talk? When you felt … Continue reading

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Three Ways to Write; One Reason

There are three ways to write… no wait, there are thirty-three ways to write… no, that’s not right; there are thirty-three trillion ways to write. But there is only one reason to write: because you have to or something inside … Continue reading

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Sentences

Don’t you just love to play with sentences? Choose a subject, a verb, and an object, and experiment to find out how many ways you can combine them to write a sentence; you’ll note quickly there are 50 ways to … Continue reading

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Drawing Sentences? Don’t Cringe – Try It!

Most people are satisfied just to know the difference between a noun and a verb, never mind the identity and function of such things as nominative pronouns, superlative verbs, adjectival clauses, or the dreaded participles. Yet, anyone who writes for … Continue reading

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Sadness in One Sentence

The little girl, her dark hair flowing in the breeze and her very blue eyes closed in contemplation, sits in the backyard swing, barely moving her legs to keep it swaying back and forth as she listens to the sounds … Continue reading

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Nature Rocks!

My friends think I’ve gone goofy! But there are a few who know what I mean when I talk about my “experiences with nature” (to put it gently). Let me tell you about them (my family is tired of hearing … Continue reading

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Who are We? Where Will We Be in 2084? What Will Be Our Brave New World?

Publisher, editor, author, and writing consultant Val Dumond edits and prepares your manuscript and helps you publish your book. Continue reading

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