A FEW COMMON ERRORS
Its and It’s. The dog took its master’s slippers… This is the slipper that it’s chewing. It’s means it is or it has. Its is a possessive pronoun and there is always some indication of something belonging to something or to some one. Wrong use of the apostrophe is a very common mistake.
REPEATEDLY USING THE SAME WORD OR PHRASE
I try not to use the same word, be it as noun or adverb or adjective over and over again in close proximity. That is, in consecutive sentences and paragraphs. Use your dictionary for synonyms. Word processing programs usually have a synonym category when you right click on a word.
But I don’t use words that people will not understand. For example, scientific jargon is OK in a book written for fellow scientists, but not one written for a lay person. We need to be able to understand what the author is saying, easily and in such a way that our minds keep following the story and wanting to read on.
However, don’t be afraid of making words up, in particular the names of a mythical place or piece of equipment. I invented the Darin, a cave in which the Rhamin pack spent much of their time. It’s their name for their home as they describe it. I have just finished a novel called The Last Spell, in which there are lots of new words.
THE SUBJUNCTIVE MOOD
I feel it is quite important to learn about the subjunctive mood in grammar. An example is: If I were a rich man. It is not correct to say: If I was a rich man as that is past tense and we are not stating something in the past, rather we are stating a possibility of something happening in the present or the future.
Another example: Were that to happen then I would be broke.
Subjunctive deals with hypothetical matters, not past tense.
Have I covered everything? Probably not. So if I think of anything else, then you might just hear from me again!
Don’t be afraid to ask more questions.
And please don’t be afraid to let me know WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
Very best wishes