Challenge day 10

Todays read: pages 122-135, Toolbox sections 3&4.

English fundamentals are not my area of extpertise. I completed high school English as my Senior English class teachers pet. In other words, I skated  through. I flunked out of my expensive liberal arts college after only one semester, including an F in English. I graduated with an associates degree in applied health sciences for Respiratory Care for which English was not a required subject. When I read anything referring to grammar my eyes glaze over and my mind begins to wonder.

Why in the world would I want to read a book about writing? Much less blog about it?

I read to learn. I read to grow. I blog to reinforce my learning and document what if any growth I obtain. Fortunately Stephen King is making it interesting, easy and entertaining.

Here is my take from today’s read:

Verbs come in two types, active and passive. Passive verbs are for timid writers, avoid them. The passive voice is safe, don’t be safe.

Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs. The adverb is not your friend. Adverbs seem to have been created, like the passive voice, with the timid writer in mind. Mr. King believes the road to hell is paved with adverbs.

Mr. King also believes fear is at the root of most bad writing. He advises to engergize one’s writing with active verbs.

When forming possessives always add  ‘s, even when the word being modified ends in s -always write Thomas’s bike and never Thomas’ bike.

Expository prose (yes I googled to see what this means) can and should have neat and utilitarian paragraphs. In fiction the paragraph is less structured. Let nature take its corse when writing, the rewrite is when we can adjust or fix structure.

The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader feel welcome. Writing is seduction. Stephen King belives the paragraph, not the sentence, is the basic unit of writing. Paragraphs can be from a single word or run on for pages. One must learn to use the paragraph well if one is to write well.

Practice.

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