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"Myself" Is Not a Substitute for "I"

Posted by Maria Murnane on September 16, 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments

In last week's post, I explained when to use the pronouns "I" vs. "me." Today, I'd like to discuss when to use the pronoun "myself," which I've been hearing used incorrectly quite a bit.

This is a correct usage of "myself"

Following are some common examples of how I hear "myself" used incorrectly:

 

WHAT THEY SAY:

  • He met with George and myself (INCORRECT)
  • George, Harry and myself went to the movies (INCORRECT)
  • You can give the form to Susan or myself (INCORRECT)

 

WHAT THEY SHOULD SAY:

  • He met with George and me (CORRECT)
  • George, Harry and I…
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7 Tips for the Uninspired

Posted by Brooke Warner on September 16, 2014 at 12:00am 7 Comments

I’m in Maui this week, on a family vacation I’ve long been anticipating for all the things Hawaii conjures up: relaxation, letting go, even inspiration. But for too-busy people, letting go can be a lot like detoxing, and instead of feeling inspired, I’ve felt unexpected longings—for things I’m not doing in my life, for the space I don’t have, for all the ways I wish I could slow down a life that feels like it’s moving too fast.

 

Writers I work with often hit blocks. We all know the concept of writer’s block. Simplistically, it means you’re having trouble writing. The inspiration isn’t coming. But really, it’s that your well has run dry. And in my experience with writers, a well…

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Where Does Your Story Begin?

Posted by Joanell Serra on September 16, 2014 at 8:00am 7 Comments

I am not someone who sits in front of the blank page agonizing trying to think of things to write. My brain is an ADD thought processor on steroids, with more characters and story lines pumping per minute than I could possibly use. The challenge for me is knowing how to shape my unwieldy imagination into a form that is accessible to the reader, one that pulls them in and keeps them in.

Frequently, in listening to editors giving feedback on my work, I hear similar content: I didn’t really connect with the character at first . . . I wasn’t sure where it was going . . . It started too slow, but I loved the middle scenes . . . The climax was great . . . I loved the characters . . . Really gripping scene at the end.

Which leads me to ask the question: Where does a story…

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Planning a Book Launch: One to Two Months Out

Posted by Anjali Mitter Duva on September 16, 2014 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Deep breath. The launch is in four weeks. The events I lined up several months ago are suddenly just around the corner. The to-do lists are spinning out of control. Every nibble of interest from a blogger wanting to conduct an interview, a friend wanting to organize a book club event, a writing association inviting me to a panel elicits a spark of delight, followed by a realization of how much more work it entails. The lists grow longer. I did, however, manage to check off a number of items during August:…

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Queen Letizia keeps on working even on her birthday

Even though Queen Letizia was celebrating her birthday on September 15th, she still carried out her royal duties and presented an award.

It is no secret that the Queen is a former journalist and it came as no surprise how happy she was when she had to give the award for parliamentary journalism named after…

Kickstarting my way to Authordom

Self-publishing is a hard road. For someone just starting out, one of the biggest drawbacks can be the cost of producing the level of quality you want for you book. After taking my collection of short stories Rain on a Summer's Afternoon through the self-publishing process with absolutely zero…

So How Long Will You Hang On?

So how long will you hold onto it…that grudge. Maybe you’ve been holding onto it for so long that it’s part of you; but not a good part; instead one that makes you angry and sad.

Maybe you don’t even remember why you’re mad. Maybe the person you’re mad at isn’t even with us anymore.

So what is it doing…

"Myself" Is Not a Substitute for "I"

In last week's post, I explained when to use the pronouns "I" vs. "me." Today, I'd like to discuss when to use the pronoun "myself," which I've been hearing used incorrectly quite a bit.…

Where Does Your Story Begin?

I am not someone who sits in front of the blank page agonizing trying to think of things to write. My brain is an ADD thought processor on steroids, with more characters and story lines pumping per minute than I could possibly use. The challenge for me is knowing how to shape my unwieldy imagination into a…

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