Jul. 19, 2020

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Here it is, Sunday again. I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by. That is probably a good thing because it hasn't been a good year for anyone, except maybe for the people who make masks.
I just want to hit on the moral of my last post before I go on. The moral of yesterday's post should be, "Pay attention to your dreams." That's important. Your dreams mean a great deal to you. People often blow them off as bits of fantasy and nonsense, but your dreams can be a doorway to your subconscious, and your subconscious is often attempting to tell you something. Your dreams are also a way the deceased have of contacting you. Your mind is the quietest when you are asleep, so it is often the best time for your loved ones to reach out to you.

If you think you would like to become a writer one of the things you should do is to carry a notebook with you. That way, when an idea strikes, you can jot it down. You always think you will remember these ideas but most times you don't. Therefore, it is important that you have something to write down these bits of inspiration when they come to mind. This is something Agatha Christie did all the time. She had hundreds of notebooks crammed full of bits of ideas. If it worked for her, it will work for you!

If you think there is no way you could ever be a success at writing because you never had any formal training, forget that notion. Plenty of successful authors have not had formal writing training. All you need is the ability to tell a good story and to have a good editor. I have a seven-page document of Correct Word Use and Good Grammar. I would be happy to send it to you for free. Just send me an email requesting it at authorchristineb@gmail.com and I will send it to you. I'm a bit of a Phanatic about good grammar. When I hear a commercial that uses improper grammar I freak out. The worst one is Liberty Mutual Insurance. "You only pay for what you need." The word "only" should always come after the verb. So the slogan should say, "You pay only for what you need." It drives me nuts every time I hear that commercial. It's a stupid thing to get upset about, I know, but commercials should use proper grammar, don't you think?

Here is another tip for beginning writers, download the free app, Grammarly. It will not only correct the spelling of your words but will also correct your grammar. I use it all the time. I have the upgraded version, though because of how many books I publish. I really like it.

I am not saying that all of my books are perfect, I know for a fact that a few errors slide through unnoticed no matter how many times I edit the manuscript before it's published. It makes me crazy, but it happens. We all do the best we can do.

Okay, that's all for today. I hope you all enjoy your Sunday. Happy writing!

Christine B.