My Tips and Hints on Grammar, Spelling, and Story.
Grammar and Spelling Hints and Tips spoken in the words of JadesFlame! Read and improve.
If you want me to be honest, I wasn't going to do this. I was going to join the new Pet Peeve contest thing for Quibblo, but halfway through starting this I realized that was a Quiz contest rather than a Story Contest. I didn't want to ditch this story thing so now I'm going to continue it. As for the Quiz contest, I'm not joining because I can't make Quizzes...
Grammar and Spelling
A long and very strange word, I know. But it has a simple meaning. Homonyms are two words that sound the same when youâ€™re saying them, but are spelled differently. For example:
To, too, and two.
Now, this particular mistake isnâ€™t one I see very often. This is spelling and grammar level 1 when it comes to writing. But still, I will put down the meanings and usages of each of these words:
To â€“ When you are going someplace.
Ex: â€œWeâ€™re going to the store.â€
Too â€“ A surplus of something, too much; I would also like to. â€˜Me tooâ€™.
Ex: â€œThereâ€™s just too much.â€, â€œI want to join too!â€
Two â€“ A couple of something.
Ex: â€œThere are two of us already.â€
Another common mistake I see when it comes to writing are the words Whose and Whoâ€™s.
Whose â€“ â€œTo whom does it belong?â€
Ex: â€œDoes anybody know whose sweater this is?â€
Whoâ€™s â€“ â€œWho isâ€¦â€
Ex: â€œWhoâ€™s Damian? Iâ€™ve never heard of him.â€
#2. Your and Youâ€™re; a Common Topic.
This one, as many of you know already, is a very common mistake. It has been said and said again the importance of using the correct spelling and pronunciation of this word, depending on the situation. So allow me to repeat:
Your/Yours â€“ In belonging to you.
Ex: â€œThat is sweater is yours.â€
Youâ€™re â€“ You are.
Ex: â€œYouâ€™re an interesting person.â€
I know, this has nothing to do with grammar. But this particular topic is extremely important when it comes to writing a good story, especially online.
Here are a few examples of good Quotations:
When you are saying a simple statement, the spoken sentence ends in a cama and is followed by a quotation and a lowercase letter:
â€œI canâ€™t believe you said that,â€ said Mary.
When you split a sentence into two parts, the first part ends in a cama, followed by a lowercase letter beginning the speaker tag. At the end of the speaker tag there is another cama and the second part starts in a capital:
â€œI canâ€™t,â€ said Mary, â€œBelieve you said that.â€
When putting the speaker tag at the beginning of the sentence, it ends in a cama and the sentence starts with a capital letter:
Mary said, â€œI canâ€™t believe you said that.â€
When your speaker tag is at the end or middle of a sentence and introduces a new action, the spoken sentence ends in a period:
â€œI canâ€™t believe you said that.â€ Mary stomped her foot.
When putting an exclamation point or a quotation mark at the end of a spoken sentence, there is no cama at the end, but the speaker tag still begins with a lowercase letter:
â€œI canâ€™t believe you said that!â€ said Mary.
If you remember these simple quotation rules, the quality of your story will be increased by at least 70%, and will be a lot easier to read. It makes the sentences more fluent.
#4. Sentence Fluency
When writing a story, you want the words to flow well. You can do this by varying sentence lengths, amounts of camas used, word choice, and punctuation. Here is an example of bad fluency:
Mary didnâ€™t understand. Mary thought it was weird. Could Mary really pass this test? Oh my gosh, maybe it was a trap! It could be, but that would be against the rules! â€œMaybe somethings wrong!â€ Mary said. â€œThere has to be something wrong! Otherwise I would notice other kids. There arenâ€™t other kids that Iâ€™ve seen. Where are the other kids?â€
See? It sounds far too repetitive and immature. We can fix it by taking out the exclamation points, replacing a few of the repeated words, and changing sentence lengths:
Mary didnâ€™t understand what all of this was about. It seemed off to her. Either way, she was beginning to worry that she couldnâ€™t pass the test. Could it be a trap? She supposed it could be, but that was against the rules of the exam.
â€œMaybe somethingâ€™s wrong,â€ Mary thought to herself. â€œSomething must be amiss. I would have noticed the other kids by now, and I havenâ€™t seen any. I wonder where they could be.â€
Easier to read and more enjoyable as well. Now, youâ€™re wondering what the story could be about.
Another hint: When youâ€™re writing a story in first person, it ruins the story to use exclamations in your characters thoughts. This sounds strange:
I almost shouted but suddenly Luke put his hand over my mouth! I choked a little bit, but I knew we were only friends for now!
This makes the character sound like sheâ€™s possibly consumed too much caffeine. The exclamations give the story a voice that sounds a bit amateur rather than the professional sound you want to obtain. By removing the exclamations, it improves the professional voice:
I almost shouted, but suddenly Luke put his hand over my mouth. I choked a bit, but I knew we were only friends for now.
The last thing to do with these sentences are to change the length so they donâ€™t sound so robotic:
Suddenly Luke put his hand over my mouth. I choked a bit, but I knew we were only friends for now.
Much more professional already!
Stay tuned for chapter two, where we will get into the actual story stuff â€“ story ideas and planning along with paragraph spacing and character development. See you later!