All posts tagged: Writing

Choosing Your Words Carefully

Today I want to look at language, and specifically the use of certain words. In this case—given the climate of hatred spewing out all over the place, I’m focusing in on the word, despise [verb] : to feel contempt or a deep repugnance for, as in : he despised himself for voting for Trump. As writers, choosing the right word is important: It’s one thing to dislike someone; it’s quite another to despise or detest the person. Both are strong words, used to describe extreme dislike or hatred. Detest is probably the purest expression of hatred (: she detested the woman who had raised her, and longed to find her own mother), while despise suggests looking down with great contempt and regarding the person as mean, petty, weak, or worthless (she despised men whose only concern was their own safety). Disdain carries even stronger connotations of superiority, often combined with self-righteousness (: to disdain anyone lacking a college education). Scorn is a stronger word for disdain, and it implies an attitude of not only contempt …

A Writer’s Primer

Remember that, whilst most writing need not always conform to the standards set for a print publication, there are, nonetheless, still a number of things you should try to remember when composing everything from a blog post, to your magnus opus. Proofreading: First rule of thumb, always proofread your work. While readers and editors are all well aware that typos happen, make sure your work is as polished and presentable as possible. Spelling: Most people won’t get upset about US vs British spelling—both are acceptable—but use one or the other. Grammar: it’s = it is. its = belonging to it, used exactly the same way as his or hers. there = a location, as in: over there, there it is. their = belonging to them, as in: their house, their car. they’re = they are, as in: “They’re coming right at us!” your = belonging to you, as in: your hat, your glove. you’re = you are, as in “You’re starting to annoy me.” Punctuation: Terminal period and commas inside closing quotation marks. US-writers use …

Fabulous Free Fiction

Bonjour Everyone, I hope you all had a great week, and are looking forward to reading this weekend. Which brings me to the purpose of today’s post, to let you know that I’ve re-vamped the Wry Writer website, and I’m in the process of reposting a lot of free fiction—mostly short speculative fiction, but also some romance. “Finding love it isn’t always easy, especially when you are convinced you have a soulmate somewhere, waiting for you. As Kate Mackenzie finds out—having spent half her life going from one bad relationship to another—only to find her soulmate advertising for her in, of all places, her favourite newspaper.” — Soulmate I will also be ‘serializing’ a number of my novel-length works on the blog, adding new features, and creating a few more ‘downloadable’ ebooks and zines for your reading pleasure. So, if you’re in need of something short, quick, and, hopefully, entertaining to read this weekend, stop by and give the blog a visit and let me know what you think. All feedback greatly appreciated, as is your …

Aiming For The Stars

This weekend saw me hard at work on a new project that I’ve been working on for several years now. Inspired to give this one a second chance not as a TV series [which languished in development hell] nor as the book I’ve only half written, but as an online project—I’m building a website. What I hope will not be just any website. But an interactive writing project open to those dedicated enough to want to join in. There will be secret missions, assignment, spaceships and space stations, political intrigue, machinations, and corporate congloms hell bent on running everything in our lives. Sound familiar? Only what’s happening today will be happening in our future, almost 150 years from now, when we’ve finally established a presence in space. The Chinese and India having established bases on the moon, and planning on a full take-over on Mars. In a future where corporate war and take-overs are fought with smugglers and pirates, designer drugs, and designer humans. Does this sound like a project you would like to be …

SF TBR Pile

Today sees the start of both NaNoWriMo and SciFiMonth in which I have set myself the task of not only writing 50k words between November 1 – 30, but also reading as many speculative fiction titles as I can while writing a number of SF-related posts. Part of SciFiMonth are a set of prompts to aid in writing speculative-related posts, and today’s is what will be in our SF TBR pile. I narrowed mine down to five books, given everything else I’ll be doing and even then, I’m not sure I’ll finish reading all five novels. First up from the reading pile is Beth Cato’s fantasy novel, ROAR OF SKY, which I’m also reviewing for the Science Fiction Foundation (as you can see, I have committed myself to an insane month!) DETAILS Title: ROAR OF SKY Author: Beth Cato Publisher: Harper Voyager ISBN: 9780062692252 Genre: Fantasy Release date: 23 October, 2018 Thanks to her geomantic magic, Ingrid has successfully eluded Ambassador Blum, the power-hungry kitsune who seeks to achieve world domination for the United Pacific. But using her …