I've been busy this week tweaking one of my manuscripts and coming up with PB ideas. I am now up to 18 ideas - only 12 more to go!
I was over on the 4RV blog earlier this morning and read an interesting post about varying your sentences. I know to do this, but I experimented a little with the first two pages of one of my manuscripts.
It seems that I overwhelmingly like starting my sentences with pronouns!
You might give it a try. Run off a couple pages of one of your manuscripts and check off how you start your sentences. As stated on their post, look for the following:
Interjections - Prepositions - Conjunctions - Verbs - Gerunds - Nouns - Pronouns - Adjectives and Articles
Oh my! It seems like my first two pages were sitting smack dab in pronoun city.
I also found another error while going over the first chapter. Mind you, I have edited this manuscript many, many times. It just proves that you need other eyes to look at your writing. Sometimes you overlook the simplest mistakes.
Here is the sentence I was speaking of: I landed softly as he lowered me down onto our feather tic bed.
Do you see the mistake?
I need to take out 'down.' If you lower someone, it is evident it is going to be down. You can't lower someone up.
I have a few announcements some of you might be interested in:
There is going to be an Open Mic Session at the Ripley Library on Friday from 6 - 8 pm. If any of you are in the area, come on down. Hear people read their work or read something of your own.
I also found another interesting site this week. It is called Rate Your Story.
You can submit your story (up to 2000 words) and it will be rated by judges who are published writers. You might go there and check it out. Be sure and read all the submission guidelines. It is a free service.