2018/01/22

What Are Inflections?


The Definition of an inflection is when letters are added to nouns, adjectives, and verbs to show their different grammatical forms.


The inflection changes the form of a noun, ajective, verb etc., its used to distinguish case, gender, mood, number vocie.  Usually used to express numerous meanings.

Words have letters added to the base form of the word when they're inflected.

Some Examples:
  • base word: cat
  • inflection (plural): cats
  • base word: swim
  • inflection (present participle) swimming

Inflections in Nouns

Creating plural nouns with "-s" or "-es"

Singular/plural with "-s"
  • goat/goats
  • table/tables
  • tree/trees
  • girl/girls
Singular/plural with "-es"
  • fox/foxes
  • wish/wishes
  • potato/potatoes
  • bus/buses
When the base singular form of the word is a "y"
  • city/cities
  • berry/berries
  • fairy/fairies
  • daisy/daisies
Here are some irregular plurals
  • sheep/sheep
  • mouse/mice
  • moose/moose
  • criterion/crieria
  • analysis/analyses
Inflections in Verbs

Present tense

You add an "-s" or an "-es" to the base form of a regular verb in the third person to show infection.

Example "to dream".
  • I dream
  • You dream (singular/plural)
  • We dream
  • They dream
Example "to do".
  • I do
  • You do (singular/plural)
  • We do
  • They do
Past Tense

You add a "-d" or an "-ed" to the base form of the regular verb to show inflection.

Example "to breathe"
  • I breathed
  • You breathed (singular/plural)
  • He/she/it breathed
  • We breathed
  • They breathed

Example "to jump"
  • I jumped
  • You jumped (singular/plural)
  • He/she/it jumped
  • We jumped
  • They jumped
Future Tense

The base form of the verb doesn't change but instead the word will is added.

Example "to eat"
  • I will eat
  • You will eat (singular/plural)
  • He/she/it will eat
  • We will eat
  • They will eat

Irregular Verbs

There are various changes with irregular verbs with no set pattern.

Example "to go" past tense
  • I went
  • You went (singular/plural)
  • He'she/it is
  • We are
  • They are
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2018/01/19

10 Excellent Books for Writers


Creativity and Writing



1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King 


Take your insight from a writer that's been there and seen it all, even mega famous writers have difficult times.  Read his timeless advice.


2. Writing Down The Bones: Freeing the Writer Within - Natalie Goldberg

Get some solid advice with insight, humour and practicality.  Natalie Goldberg isn't afraid of showing her vulnerability when it comes to writing.


3. The Pursuit of Perfection and How it Harms Writers - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

If finishing a project is a problem you struggle with this book will help you.



4. Ignore Everybody: And 39 Keys to Creativity - Hugh McLeod

Discover how to tap into your creativity and make money from what you love.  Learn from Hugh McLeod who shifted from cartoons on the back of business cards to a massive online business.

Self Publishing



5. Let's Get Digital: How to Self-Publish and Why You Should - David Gaughran

A complete book on self-publishing with no hidden agenda, from author David Gaughran who campaigns for indie rights.


6. Choosing a Self-Publishing Service: How to For Authors - Orna Ross, Jim  Giammatteo, Mick Rooney

A book by authors written for authors, to show you how to evaluate self-publishing companies and do it yourself.


7. Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook - Helen Sedwick

Shows you how to use images as an indie author, things to look out for in contracts with self-publishing companies and collaborating with others.

Book Marketing



8. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World - Michael Hyatt

This does a great job showing you what you can do with a platform for a small business.


9. Let's Get Visible How to Get Noticed and Sell More Books - David Gaughran

Centres on selling more books using Amazons algorithms and categorising and optimising your sales page.


10. 1001 Ways to Market Your Books - John Kremer

A captivating resource with plenty of offline marketing tips and many online ones to get your book in the spotlight.

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2018/01/17

80 Best Websites for Writer's 2018


The paths to writing are innumerable, from journalism to creative writing, starting a blog to writing a book and becoming famous.

Whatever path you choose there's bound to be a blog or community to suit your need and help you get there.

Want to start your own writing community or blog follow my step-by-step guide to starting your own blog.  You never know your website could be on this list!


Blogging

1. Be a Freelance Blogger

2. Copyblogger

3. Problogger

4. See Jane Write

Creative Writing

5. Aliventures

6. Almost an Author

7. Ann Kroeker

8. Australian Writer's Centre

9. Bang2Write

10. C.S.Lakin's Live Write Thrive

11. DIY MFA

12. Elizabeth Spann Craig

13. Eve Deverell

14. Fiction University

15. How to Write a Book Now

16. Goins Writer

17. Inky Girl

18. Journalist's Resource

19. Lauren Carter

20. Nicole Bianchi

21. One Stop for Writer's

22. Positive Writer

23. Pro Writing Aid

24. Psychwriter

25. Re:Fiction

26. The Write Practice

27. Tweetspeak Poetry

28. Write or Die

29. Writerology

30. Writers Helping Writers

31. Writers in the Storm

32. Writer Unboxed

33. Writers Write

34. Write to Done

Editing

35. Grammar Girl

36. Kathy Steinemann

37. Writership

38. Scribendi

Freelancing

39. Elna Cain

40. Freelancer FAQs

41. Freelance to Freedom

42. Freelance to Win

43. Freelance Writing

44. The Freelancer's Year

45.  FundsforWriters

46. LittleZotz Writing

47.  Make a Living Writing

48. Pen & Pro$per

49. Writers Weekly

50. Writing Revolt

51. Where to Pitch

Marketing

52. Bakerview Consulting

53. Enchanting Marketing

54. HubSpot

55. Kikolani

56. Seth Godin

57. Shellley hitz

58. The Creative Penn

59. Writers Boon

Publishing

60. Anne R. Allen

61. Cooks and Books

62. Helping Writers Become Authors

63. Jane Friedman

64. Janet Reid, Literary Agent

65. My Story Doctor

66. Nail Your Novel

67. Novel Publicity

68. Publish a Profitable Book

69. Well-Storied

70. Standout Books

71. The Book Designer

72. The Steve Laube Agency

73. Writer's Digest Editor Blogs

74. Writer's Relief

Writing Communities

75. A Writer's Path

76. Booksie

77. Chronicles

78. Free Writing Events

79. Inked Voices

80. NanoWriMo

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2018/01/15

Got Nothing Left to Blog? Here's Some Inspiration


Starting a blog can be thrilling, you can feel like you have real control when you start blogging, having so many ideas just oozing out.  You think it's never going to end.

Until suddenly your fountain of ideas dries up, what do you do?  You need to keep up the momentum.  Not posting regular blog posts and leaving your audience without regular updates is a big no no.



What is the Secret to a Regular Publishing Schedule?

This is why you need a plan you can turn to keep the content flowing, even when you're not feeling very inspired.

Use the five ideas below to get you started, and bookmark them for future reference for when that dry spell occurs.

1. Check Out Amazon

A fortuitous source for blog post topics are Amazon reviews.  You have books on nearly every subject.  Check out the reviews left on books in your own genre.  You can get a lot of insight into what people are looking for and what matters to your audience.

2. Listen to Community Forums

Any community forum or social group you're interested in, see what people are talking about.  Open up each thread and get a feel for the questions being asked within the forum.

3. Cover a Subject from a New Direction

Most of your readers have probably not read every single one of your blog posts, there's a pretty a good change you've missed some important points on that particular subject.

There's always room for new thought and inspiration on any subject matter.  You're also leveraging information people want to read.

4. Reorganize Old Content

Very similar to the above idea, reorganizing your old content could mean creating an infographic or video.

5. Review News Updates Regularly in Your Own Industry

A good strategy to take is responding to news topics in your own subject.  Be mindful of being too controversial and using this particular strategy too often.

Tell me your thoughts on blog post inspiration in the comments below.

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2018/01/12

Gerunds What Are They?


Gerund meaning:

Gerund is a verbal, verbal being on of the principal part of the verb, retaining some verb functions the same time it is being used as a different part of speech.


Basics of Using Gerunds

Words that are formed with verbs and acts as nouns are gerunds.  Pretty easy to spot all gerunds are verbs with ing at the tail of the word.  With no exceptions to the rule.  A present participle doesn't act as a noun, alternatively they act as modifiers or complete progressive verbs.  It's this simple, look for a verb + ing that is used as a noun, to find gerunds in sentences.

Some Examples of Gerunds:

Subject of the Sentence

Reading is her favourite pastime.

Studying English has its rewards.

Picnicking in the woods has its downside.

Direct Object

My Aunt Lilly loves travelling.

After a week in the wild, we appreciate sleeping inside.

Johnny enjoys singing in the shower.

Subject Complement

My dogs' favourite occupation is sleeping.

William's daily exercise is running laps.

Jane's hobby is gardening on her rooftop.

The Object of a Preposition

His parents punished him for stealing.

The search party rescued the child by climbing the cliff.

Falstaff attempts to flee by hiding in a laundry basket.

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