posted on Aug, 21 2013 @ 12:47 AM
Finally back! Just a general reply to everyone today.
I've been thinking recently, and this may not occur to everyone, but the polish on your final product does not have to shine like a diamond. I've
had people read my work and several of them have returned to me saying they loved it, ignoring the occasional spelling or grammatical error that I may
This, however, shouldn't be confused with writing style!!! For this, I think everyone that hasn't seen (or read, for as far as I know, it is a
novel) "Dead Poet's Society", do yourself a favor. There is a part that discusses the use of words such as "very" and "really"; don't use
You are not "very tired", your are "exhausted".
You are not "very happy", your are "ecstatic".
Something is not "very shiny", it is "lustrous".
The list could go on forever! Thesaurus is your friend in a tight pinch, but use your gut.
Something I have been meaning to ask: What is your take on the word "said"? I try to avoid it myself, attempting to use something more descriptive
As a final note: Don't be discouraged by bad reviews. They will come, and they will probably come in droves. As has already been stated, not all who
read your work are going to enjoy it. They may like parts of it, they may despise the whole concept, but there will be others that will become totally
enthralled by your story. These are the people you need to focus on!
Look forward to see if anyone is still watching!
S. J. Vellenga