literature, writing

The Prose of J.K. Rowling

Even her books for adults, written under the name Robert Galbraith, have terrible prose style. Her sentences contain missing clauses, poor construction, confused tense and point of view, imprecise descriptions, and poor word choice.

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Examining Pro’s Prose, Part 14

Today we'll look at some prose from Steven Erikson'sĀ Gardens of the Moon. It is both some of the best fantasy prose writing I've seen, and one of the most original and captivating fantasy novels I've read. I'm kind of in awe of it still. I've come across so many passages I wanted to use for… Continue reading Examining Pro’s Prose, Part 14

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Midweek Patreon Update

I'm doing a midweek update to inform you I've changed my Patreon goals. I originally said that I wanted to be at $100 per month by the end of the year in order to keep the blog "alive." But now I'm changing that to $50 per month by the end of September (with the old… Continue reading Midweek Patreon Update

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Lessons in the Fundamentals of Writing, Part 3

As I continue to read poorly edited (I'm not referring to typos) KU books, I continue to find fundamental problems to talk about. Here's one that will probably be obvious to many people when I point it out, but it would never jump out in a self-editing session to them. Here's a real example: Maria… Continue reading Lessons in the Fundamentals of Writing, Part 3

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Those Words Are Different?

Here's a list of words I routinely have to look up. Many of these I used incorrectly until quite recently, because I didn't even realize they were different. A few others I've seen other people use incorrectly, so they were on my mind. We won't rehash the to/too/two or there/their/they're nonsense, because everyone knows those… Continue reading Those Words Are Different?

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Elements of Writing that Annoy Me Part 2

I wrote the first of these something like three years ago. Maybe I'm just in a bad mood or the writing I read really is getting worse, but certain things have been getting on my nerves a lot. It's time to pick this up again! Not trusting your reader. This is a typical flaw of… Continue reading Elements of Writing that Annoy Me Part 2

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Everyone Should Write a Romance Novel Once

When I say "everyone" should write a romance, I mean everyone who wants to write in some genre whether it be literary or sci-fi or otherwise. I'll start with the obvious: most novels have some sort of romance subplot in them. It's always a good idea to do focused practice to get better at something.… Continue reading Everyone Should Write a Romance Novel Once