In the market for a good dictionary? Grammarphobia highlights the differences among three of the most popular versions.
Plan on participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Today's your last day to prepare. For those who don't know, National Novel Writing Month, now in it's 10th year, is a challenge to write a book in November. A whole 50,000 word book, starting with a blank page. I'm not doing it because I'm knee-deep into my wip, but I'll again use the energy of the month to see if I can propel myself toward the end by attempting to write everyday.
For those who are participating and in search of tools to help you move forward, rather than stopping to edit or revise, look into Momentum Writer. Author Kristi Holl provides some additional forward-writing tools for your review.
And, because they need donations to help underwrite the behind the scenes work, NaNoWriMo suggests that participating writers get sponsors to sign up to support NaNo's writing programs and help encourage you to meet your goal. Just as people who participate in walk-a-thons do.
Remember Miss Snark, an anonymous agent who gave unrelenting, harsh critique to those writers brave enough to submit a query to her blog? Well, Miss Snark's First Victim, has her own blog where she sponsors a monthly Secret Agent contest. Up to 50 submitters post 250 words of a completed manuscript for critique by an anonymous agent. At the end of the month, the agent, who provides a comment on each submission, is unveiled and the contest winners announced. Grand prize and runners-up receive requests for a full or partial from the agent. October's Secret Agent was Rachelle Gardner.
I've never taken one of her classes but should I ever have the opportunity, I'm there. Margie Lawson offered this mini-workshop on the use of three rhetorical devices in writing: anaphora, epistrophe, and symploce. If you don't know these terms, check out her lesson. I guarantee you'll learn something!
Finally, author Suzannah Freeman gives us "8 Nasty Writing Habits You Should Quit".
Enjoy the weekend. To you NaNo'ers... On your mark, get set, WRITE!
Peace & Blessings,
Stay focused. Be deliberate. Believe.