A couple of days ago, I had a real streak of writing inspiration. I pounded out 3 chapters on my Work In Progress. Then, like with many pantsers and pseudo-pantsers, I got a little stymied by where my story was going.
So, I decided to dig out my writing books and do a little brush up on plot development and planning. One of the first hints in my Elements of Fiction Writing – Plot book is to Write What You Know. That’s great advice and as writers, we hear it a lot, but I also want to emphasize the idea of Know What You Write.
Once again, my Random wRiting Rant topic was prompted by my reading. I was reading an enjoyable New Adult Fiction romance (which shall remain unnamed to protect the author). The author likes to use verbs in “creative” ways. I think she’s trying to avoid passive verbs but sometimes the verb choice is totally inappropriate. Even grammar nazi that I am, I can ignore that. What I can’t ignore are blatantly incorrect facts, details that easily could have been researched. Continue reading