Category Archives: The Mechanics of Writing

Kinda & Sorta: The Indecisive Twins

  by Jean Foster Akin From the mouth of a parenting expert being interviewed on a national television program: “Babies are sort of helpless, so new parents need to be vigilant in anticipating and supplying their children’s needs.” Really? Babies … Continue reading

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Do I Use “Less” or “Fewer”?

by Jean Foster Akin               There is a difference between the words FEWER and LESS that makes interchanging them improper. It makes interchanging them a mistake. It isn’t the worst mistake a person can make, … Continue reading

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AUTHOR QUOTE: Finding Your Voice

If your passions are strong and you’re a fighter, the question of voice is a superficial one. You are eager to speak; you only need the podium. That is, you need the writing technique. But don’t worry about voice. If … Continue reading

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Easy Trick to Using “I” or “Me” When Writing or Speaking

by Jean Foster Akin Do you ever wonder whether to use the pronoun “I” or “me” while writing or speaking sentences such as “Me and Bill,” or “Gloria and I”?  Today I have a simple trick for you so that … Continue reading

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1 Surefire Way to “Come Up” with Interesting Characters, Scenes, Dialogue…and It’s Right Under Your Nose

by Jean Foster Akin I’m desperate to find that perfect phrase to be uttered by an important character at a pivotal moment in what is now just a manuscript yearning to be a published novel. But my skin tingles, I clench … Continue reading

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4 Questions the Serious Writer Must Ask Herself

“A scrupulous writer, in every sentence he writes, must ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1). What am I trying to say? 2). What words will express it? 3). What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4). Is this … Continue reading

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Writers: You Need to Get Serious About This. Seriously.

*by Jean Foster Akin* We’ve discussed mindfulness and its absolute necessity in a writer’s life because it informs the creative mind. But today I wish to discuss another extremely important issue for the Serious Writer. Coffee. Don’t talk to me about … Continue reading

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