Monday, March 30, 2015

A Step in the Write Direction, March 30, 2015--10 Common Mistakes by New Writers

A Step in the Write Direction
March 30, 2015
Update: Our district superintendent spoke at our church yesterday, talking about the new phase we are going through until we get a new pastor. Many of the things he said I realized I could use in my own personal life as I also enter a new phase. He told us that “God allows difficult situations to deepen our dependence on Him. He is walking right beside us to bring comfort and peace and words of encouragement to us.” He also said, “This could be an exciting time for our church” and I thought perhaps this could also be an exciting time for me in searching for God’s will for the days ahead, perhaps now being able to do things I couldn’t do before as a caregiver. …Talking about Peter walking on the water, he asked, “Is God asking you today to get out of the safety and security of your boat?”, then, “Your best days are not behind you; they are in front of you.” Good thoughts to keep in mind!

Thought for the Day: "Lord Jesus, in my haste to serve You through my writing, let me not run ahead on my own, trusting only in myself. Help me, instead, to be patient…to place my writing projects in Your hands…to follow Your timetable. Amen" (June Eaton, Christian Author Newsletter).

Song for the Day:
All the way my Saviour leads me,
Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for ev’ry trial,
Feeds me with the living bread.
Tho’ my weary steps may falter,
And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! a spring of joy I see.
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! a spring of joy I see.
            “All the Way My Saviour Leads,” Fanny J. Crosby

Laugh for the Day: A Catholic priest went to the hospital to visit patients. Stopping at the nurse's station, he carefully looked over the patient roster and jotted down the room number of everyone who had "Cath" written boldly next to his name. That, he realized later, was a big mistake. "It was only after I had made the rounds,” he said, “that I learned they were all patients with catheters."

Writer’s Tips:
A favorite question received by Chip MacGregor: “What 10 editorial mistakes do most novice authors make?” I suppose if you asked this of 10 agents, he said, you’d probably get a hundred total answers, but here are his pet peeves with newbie authors:
  • Too many exclamation points!!!
  • A proposal that has not been proof-red
  • Overpromising, as in “This proposal will sell a billion copies!”
  • Random numbering in an outline.
  • I did this, I did that, I did this other thing, I, I, I.
  • Random commas, that make no, sense.
  • A failure to understand how to properly use “quotation” marks. (Also parentheses. And their attached punctuation).
  • Failing to understand the difference between its and it’s (or there and their and they’re).
  • The manuscript is passive due to the author.
Chip MacGregor blog 3/23/15, used by permission
 Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.

Donna Clark Goodrich

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