As someone who doesn’t have the funds to hire a professional editor, when I saw this panel at the Agile Writer’s Conference, I was very excited. But, as I find content associated with editing to be a bit dull, I’ll be separating this material into 5 different posts, so as not to put anyone asleep–including myself.
This week’s post focuses on grammar mistakes.
- To make your writing as clean as possible:
- no run-on sentences (But good sentence structure varience. There should be long sentences, short ones, and everything in between.)
- subject/verb agreement (he run vs. he runs)
- clear pronouns: use character names as little as possible, but not so little as to be confusing
- be clear on who is speaking and acting, especially when there’s a scene with 2 females or 2 males
- use the correct words: there, they’re, their; know, no; affect, effect, etc
- eliminate extraneous words: your writing should be detailed, but concise
- know your genre, and its expectations for word count
- avoid starting sentences with “it”
- cut the word “that” as often as possible
- spelling should be pristine
So, tell me, what’s your grammar crutch? What slips into everything you write and has to be edited later? Please leave a comment or word of advice. We’re all in this writing thing together!
*And be sure to stop by next Friday for a delightful post on Punctuation!