Tuesday, April 20, 2010

1 Tell-Tale Signs of an Amateur Writer

Alicia and Theresa, the two editors behind edittorrent, have a great, new post out on Irony, Juxtaposition and Coincidence in writing. But in my usual ADD way, I went back to an earlier post of theirs on the Marks of an Amateur writer. They put it out there as only the start of the list, but I have to say it's a darn good start. So what do you think, does your manuscript give away your amateur status? Or do you present your most professional work?


Happy editing,


1 comment:

  1. I am an amateur writer so I was excited to click on that link and read the article. I had to look up the meaning of "introductory participial phrases," which, since I had to look it up, makes me a REALLY amateur writer. For others who don't know, a participial phrase begins with an -ing verb. "Walking down the street, she stepped in some bubble gum."

    Thankfully, I don't have any introductory participial phrases in my manuscript.

    I went through the list and marked off the rules I broke. Dialogue formatting- perfect. Homophone mistakes- I have none. I have a few quote tags here and there (I'm a big fan of "she hissed," or "he chuckled") but I can see why overuse is a sign of an amateur. I'll have to see what I can do to fix those.

    Hopefully my manuscript disguises the fact that I am an amateur writer. Once again, thanks for an informative article!


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