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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Grammar time: Verbs and their sentence structures | LinkedIn

One of the mysteries, at least to me, about the great writers of the past and present is their innate ability to form strong, vibrant sentences. I`m often amazed at the way some writers can say so much with so few words. They are masters at concise communication. I think they were born with syntax and grammatical chips in their brains. I doubt that Mark Twain, E.E. Cummings, or James Patterson ever diagrammed a sentence to check for grammatical qualities; however, they were and are great writers.
Although I`m not a fan of Noam Chomsky in political terms, as a grammarian he is one of the most cited experts in modern history. His theories on Generative Grammar are quite interesting. Some readers may be familiar with his famous sentence, "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously." The sentence is grammatically correct, yet it is semantically incoherent: (Colorless green ideas (subj) + sleep (Vi) + furiously (adverb of manor).
The sentence has a noun phrase subject followed by an intransitive verb that is modified by an adverb of manor.
For those of us who were not born with the genius of writing, but rather had to learn, there is still hope. Never give up. Take some time to study a few simple rules about verbs and the different sentence patterns and you can become a stronger writer.
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Grammar time: Verbs and their sentence structures | LinkedIn

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Traditional Publishing or Indie: Marketing is the key difference | LinkedIn

I remember relating to a chapter I read in Anne Lamott`s book Bird by Bird. Anne describes her journey as an aspiring writer to become published. She tells the story of how she couldn`t focus on much of anything accept the word published behind her name. She goes on to say that, the hurry and stress caused her to produce a work that was not quite as successful as she had hoped. For writing advice, I highly recommend Anne`s book; however, I also want to say that I related so much to her story. I too hurried to get my first trade paperback published. I so wanted to hold a book in my hand and know it was my work. Surely, this would authenticate me as a writer and just because it was out there people would buy it—not so.



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Traditional Publishing or Indie: Marketing is the key difference | LinkedIn

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Writers: Use the knowledge and wisdom within your peer group for success | LinkedIn

Writers: Use the knowledge and wisdom within your peer group for success | LinkedIn

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Find your voice as a writer | LinkedIn

Find your voice as a writer | LinkedIn



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Have you found your voice as a writer? Have you experienced the feeling of reaching a larger audience including engaged responses to your work? If not, it may be the simple fact that you haven`t found your niche—your voice.

Monday, December 30, 2013

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Book Reviews: `Spider Catchers` by Marilynn Larew



Marilynn Larew`s novel “Spider Catchers” is a page turning adventure from the first paragraph. The protagonist, Lee Carruthers (a CIA operative) is an interesting, unpredictable, and believable character. Often, female characters playing the role of a “tough guy” are over the top and cliché—not the case in this novel. Larew`s knowledge of her topic, the region, the lingo, and the world of terrorism is quite impressive and reminiscent of Tom Clancy in terms of its realism. Larew takes the reader on a fast paced, gripping ride through the terror networks of Morocco and beyond. Although the story in this book is complete, the ending leaves the reader hanging with a question—a classic and clever hook—leading to an obvious second book, and a possible upcoming series. Lee Carruthers is a strong character—one that readers (I believe) will continue to follow in future novels. I give this book 5 stars because of its originality, its clever plot, and Larew`s ability to write with great clarity and fast paced action in every chapter. This is truly a great book, and Marilynn Larew is a very talented writer.

William Power