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Writing Wednesday: Grammar (noun) gram·mar \ˈgra-mər\

“When a thought takes one’s breath away, a grammar lesson seems an impertinence.” -Thomas W. Higginson

Grammar, oh, grammar.

I will admit to not being the greatest when it comes to grammar, but nor am I the worst offender ever. 733 more words


Starting New Projects

After finishing a novel and publishing it, I always fall into a strange creative space where I feel a little lost and helpless. It’s an “I know I should start the next project, but what… 184 more words

First Draft Skeletons

My son is writing a novel for a school assignment. I’m walking him through the process. Sometimes he gets stuck and doesn’t know what details to add and which to leave out. 515 more words


Story Monday: Preparing For Nanowrimo

In just a months time will begin Nanowrimo,(National November Writing Month). A chance to write your own story! This takes place during the month of November. 237 more words


10 Surefire Ways to Nail a First Draft

Today in the bookstore, I got to thinking. After a few years of reading and scribbling and blogging and Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn, I’ve come to realize that this writing-a-novel thing is easy. 638 more words


aurorajeanalexander reblogged this on Writer's Treasure Chest and commented:

An amazing blog post which cannot fail your first draft. It's written by excellent author Carol Anne Shaw whom I admire. I'm sure you're going to love this list as much as I do.

First Draft Hesitation

Why is it so easy to get stuck between pre-writing and beginning?

Pre-writing is safe. It’s like picking wildflowers–not much effort and lots of reward. You watch your little cluster of ideas grow into a pretty bouquet. 253 more words

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