Saturday…Just Saying 11/24/2012

John Steinbeck, 1902 – 1968

John Steinbeck was an American writer best known for his novels The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men (1937). He is an author of novels, non-fiction, and short story collection. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize as well as the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Saturday… Just Saying 11/17/2012

Robert Heinlein, 1907 – 1988

Robert Heinlein was an American science fiction writer known as the Dean of Science Fiction Writers, a member of the Big Three of Science Fiction, and one of the most controversial writers of the time. Of his 32 novels, my personal favorites are Stranger in a Strange Land and Time Enough for Love, both dated and sexist but wonderful stories all the same.

Rules were found at http://www.gazetteofthearts.com/writer3.htm
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Saturday… Just Saying 11/10/2012

21. Don’t verb nouns.

22. Don’t use no double negatives.

23. Make each pronoun agree with their antecedent.

24. When dangling, watch your participles.

25. Don’t use commas, which aren’t necessary.

26. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.

27. About those sentence fragments.

28. Try to not ever split infinitives.

29. Its important to use apostrophe’s correctly.

30. Always read what you have written to see if you’ve any words out.

31. Correct spelling is esential.

32. Proofread you writing.

33. Between you and I, case is important.

34. Verbs has to agree with their antecedents.

William Safire, 1929 – 2009

William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He was best known as a political columnist for the New York Times and for his column On Language in the New York Times Magazine. He was also the author of the novels, Scandalmonger, Sleeper Spy, Freedom: A Novel of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War and Full Disclosure.

Safire’s Rules from: http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~wstarbuc/Writing/Safire.htm

Original Image of Safire from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/

Saturday… Just Saying 11/3/2012

11. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.

12. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

13. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.

14. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.

15. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns
in their writing.

16. Always pick on the correct idiom.

17. The adverb always follows the verb.

18. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; seek viable alternatives.

19. Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.

20. Avoid annoying alliteration.

William Safire, 1929 – 2009

William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He was best known as a political columnist for the New York Times and for his column On Language in the New York Times Magazine. He was also the author of the novels, Scandalmonger, Sleeper Spy, Freedom: A Novel of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, and Full Disclosure.

Safire’s Rules from: http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~wstarbuc/Writing/Safire.htm
Original Image of Safire from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/