“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow” ~ Helen Keller
March into Literacy Month presents the perfect opportunity to enter a writing contest, revisit or begin journaling, or write an article on one of our outstanding women in history. You could also sharpen your writing skills with any of the many great resources offered by the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by Alex Cavanaugh, right here and right now on this first Wednesday of the month, when IWSG members convene through blogging, Facebook and Twitter to talk about whatever is on our writing minds and agendas. See what we’re all talking about here.
An author’s use of initials, i.e., J.K. Rowling, holds a certain mystique for me. I always wonder why, even as I consider the undeniably compelling impact of doing so. Although initial users aren’t the only ones with surprises; I was astonished to discover that Carolyn Keene of Nancy Drew fame was not a real person at all – but a multitude of writers who sold all rights to their stories for $125 (back in the day)! Incidentally, today begins National Ghostwriters week ;-)
As for what I’m thinking about these days, it’s those pesky misplaced or dangling modifiers that show up whether or not I was in a hurry when I wrote the sentence. Trying to convince my editor that the worldwide “they” will know what I mean was ineffective, as the esteemed wielder of the dreaded red pen only laughed harder. Apparently, not everyone’s refrigerator runs in the kitchen late at night ;-)
I tend to ‘run right out of my shoes’ while on a writing binge, and hope to pick them up later. That is if I can find them. It occurred to me that if only mistakes looked like periwinkle high-tops, I could save my editor a lot of work – and laughter ;-) So I found what I believe to be the next best thing – a grammar app – which applies all the familiar red slashes that won’t go away until the problem does. I can’t wait to see my editor’s reaction the next time I submit!
And now for the optional question of the month:
Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?
Have I ever? Yes! It’s in the final refining stage. Did it work out? Fingers crossed!
Do your modifiers dangle? Do you use any apps for writers? Any thoughts on an author's use of initials?
It's beginning to look a lot like Spring around here - Happy March!