[identity profile] justnyxie.livejournal.com
I have been a long time lurker on here and finally got up the courage to post. 
This is a short extract from my new project (yet to be named). Long story short, it's about a serial killer and his house mate. I won't give away any more because, really, you don't need it.

All I ask is that you glance over this, give me your suggestions (grammer, characters etc) and comment. I am pleased with it but not entirely happy. It is only a draft, and I am determined to finish it, but it would be lovely to get some opinions and advice.
 

"Delightful. I suppose I owe you a thank you for not turning me away?" )
[identity profile] rosalinda-143.livejournal.com
Grammar issues again.

Which would be correct?

This one: I made sure that she was no where in sight and made sure that Dr. Garcia was preoccupied with what he was doing before I threw my legs over the side of the bed and walked over to Benny.
“Could I talk to you for a moment?” I murmured under my breath.

or

This one: I made sure that she was where in sight and made sure that Dr.Garcia was preoccupied with what he was doing before I threw my legs over the side of the bed and walked over to Benny. "Could I talk to you for a moment?" I murmured under my breath.

Also...

"And exactly what did you see?" he asked.

or

"And exactly what did you see?" He asked.

Just some other things I'd like to know... )

Thanks in advanced!

peace.love.happiness.

~ Rosie
[identity profile] x-darshee.livejournal.com

Hello! (:
First, I’d like to say thank you to the creator of this community! Creating this community was an excellent idea, because I think
writers can communicate with other writers and definitely learn new things to improve their writing skills. Kudos, my friend.

Okay, now to introduce myself.
My name is Darshee, fifteen, from
Malaysia. I'm currently half-way through finishing a fantasy-genre novel. However, I myself have noticed that I have problems with grammar and similar ballparks. In where I'm living, they don't teach us stuff like this, so I rely on dictionaries and reading. Therefore, please excuse my wrong usage of language. I'm still learning! Hahaha.

What I really want to know, right now, is the main and most important rules on writing a novel.

For example:

"Thank you." He said?
"Thank you," he said with a smile?

I'm confused, and was hoping someone could explain the whole concept to me.
Thank you so much!

Darshee.

[identity profile] jinkang.livejournal.com
I usually try to be careful but it seems there is something fundamentally wrong in my brain. I suppose verbal and online messages put less emphasis on correct grammar, for better or worse, so I don't notice them on daily basis. At least, I haven't been chased by a grammar nazis on the street, as of yet.

Writing, obviously, is a different medium. I have taken grammar courses at school, after school, and even at home. I even read several grammar books for pleasure. Perhaps, pleasure is a bit far fetched.

Last year, I took a course at a continuing education program and got 90%. (This was a summer session, by the way. 40+ hours long) The mark doesn't mean much but the instructor thought I was doing alright. So I rekindled a tiny hope.

Alas, why is it that I can't seem to communicate with my readers? How bad is my grammar? Let's say it's bad enough to confuses readers and make them want to stop reading after page 2. That's on a short story with probably only few more pages to go.

If anyone had a serious issues with grammar, and overcame it, I'd like to know how you did it. Thanks.
[identity profile] aeriedraconia.livejournal.com
There, Their and They're are commonly misused and are easily confused.


There
There is used to describe a location.
"I saw the book over there by the piano"
"There is no place like home"


Their
Their is a possessive word that shows ownership of something.
"I found their book mixed in with mine"
"Their house is really noisy on Friday night"

They're
They're is a contraction of They Are.
"They're on vacation this week" or "They are on vacation this week"
"They're some of my favorite authors" or "They are some of my favorite authors"

Would anyone else like to add explanation, clarification or ask a question?
[identity profile] aeriedraconia.livejournal.com
Using the words worse and worst.

I am no English language or grammar expert but...

I've been running across this one a lot lately and twice today:
(this is a direct quote and in no way expresses my views) "Canadians are the worse tippers and most demanding!"
That is incorrect. It should be, Canadians are the worst tippers and the most demanding!
You have something that is not good or bad.
Then, if it deteriorates, it is worse (and worser is NOT a word).
Finally, if it is as bad as it can get it is the worst.
Worse is also a word that compares, Canadians tip worse than Germans.

Anyone want to elaborate on this?

Do you have examples of your own to share?

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