On February 26, have a happily ever after kind of day.
It’s National Fairy Tale Day!
What were once oral histories, myths and legends retold around the fire or by traveling storytellers, have been written down and become known the world over as fairy tales.
The origins of most fairy tales would never be appropriate for children by today’s standards. They were told as a way to make children behave, teach a lesson or to pass the time much like ghost stories around a campfire are told today.
Many of the stories begin as truth. Some believe the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was inspired by the real life of Margarete von Waldeck, the daughter of the 16th century Count of Waldeck. The area of Germany where the family lived was known for mining. Some of the tunnels were so tight they had to use children – or small people such as dwarfs – to work the mines.
Margarete’s beauty is well documented, and she had a stepmother who sent her away. She fell in love with a prince but mysteriously died before she could have her happily ever after.
As the stories evolved, they took on a more magical quality with fictional characters such as fairies, giants, mermaids and gnomes, and sometimes gruesome story plots: Toes cut off to fit into a slipper, a wooden boy killing his cricket or instead of kissing that frog prince his head must be cut off, but those are the unrated versions.
The brothers Grimm collected and published some of the more well-known tales we are familiar with today. Jakob and his brother Wilhelm together set out on a quest to preserve these tales at a time in history when a tradition of oral storytelling was fading. In 1812, they published their first volume of stories titled Household Tales. Their stories had a darker quality and were clearly meant for an adult audience.
Rumpelstiltskin is one of the tales they collected. There were several versions, and the little man went by many names in different parts of Europe. From Trit-a-trot in Ireland to Whuppity Stoorie in Scotland, Rumplestiltskin was one difficult man to identify.
Interestingly, Professor Rumplestiltskin Schwartz has been known to debate the origins of some Mother Goose stories, including the fabled Three Little Pigs. The tale is full of Jewish allegory and symbolism. Based on this and much more, Schwartz would place the origins of these particular set of pigs.
Read more here: https://www.ou.org/jewish_action/02/2013/the-three-little-pigs-a-quintessential-jewish-allegory-in-deceptive-disguise/
While some storytellers have a long and sometimes ancient history such as Aesop (The Fox and the Goose, The Ant and the Grasshopper), other storytellers are more recent like the Grimm brothers.
Hans Christian Andersen first published in 1829 and brought to us written versions of the Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid and many more. Where Grimm’s tales could take on a darker cast and were unmistakably written with adults in mind, Andersen’s stories are sweet and warm.
HOW TO OBSERVE
How to Tell a Great Story:
Engage your audience. Children like to participate. Have them quack every time the Ugly Duckling is mentioned, or make the motions of climbing Jack’s beanstalk.
Use repetition. This will also keep the kids engaged. It not only helps them to remember the story but sets them up for the next round of the repeated phrase or stanza.
Give your characters a voice. Nobody likes a monotone storyteller. Buehler, Buehler, Buehler. No, not even children like the monotone. Varying your voice for each character and inflecting excitement, sadness and disappointment will create drama and stimulate the imaginations of the little minds listening to you.
Ask questions as you go. It’s a good way to keep your story flowing and to gauge the children’s listening skills.
Find out if someone has a story of their own. You might be in the presence of a great storyteller!
Share your favorite fairy tale with friends and family. Try relating them from memory as this has long been a tradition. Visit a library or local bookstore for story time. Use #TellAFairyTaleDay to post on social media.
So I put a question to my readers, quite a few of whom are fantasy authors, because the roots of many Fantasy and romance novels are grown up fairy tales. What might they lead to? How many authors have gravitated toward writing variants of our childhood favorites.
What's your favorite? The winner with 4 votes is Beauty and the Beast - Perhaps the roots of a shifter romance?
Cinderella had 3 votes - Rags to Riches HEA romance
Mulan had 2 votes - Coming of Age and a Female Warrior
Pinocchio had 2 votes - Coming of Age - Childhood friends & peer pressur
Obscure Russian FT: Scarlet Sails - Fantasy Romance
Hansel & Gretl - children confront evil & save a family
Midir & Etain - immortal love
Sleeping Beauty - see below how this fairy tale affected my writing..
It's odd, but I was always fascinated by tales of magical sleep or sleep that made time stand still. Rip Van Winkle was another favorite. At 16 I wrote of a magic cave and a coffin inside inside with a false bottom. When a person died they were placed there to be rejuvenated. I love caves. There's almost always one in my stories. When I'm at my Tennessee summer home I go to the caves and even set one of my spinoff stories there. As for sleep and rejuvenation? That remains to be seen. Odd but in many ways Children of Stone is part extension of my fairy tale favorites of immortality or at least second
chances granted by a stint in a sleep or a tomb.
Last week's author E. M. Swift-Hook has given an excerpt from one of her stories written with Jane Jago:
The Wolfhounds of Lupercalia
The Wolfhounds of Lupercalia - or Dying to be Found - a Dai and Julia Mystery for Valentine's Day.
Lupercalia MDCCLXXVIII Anno Diocletiani
It was Lupercalia, the day when everyone celebrated romance – and it’s close friend fertility. The shops were full of silly cards and chocolate wolves, and the flower sellers all had sudden hikes in their prices. Dai Llewellyn sat opposite his diminutive wife at the breakfast table and inwardly debated whether she had truly forgotten the date, or she was playing a deep game of her own. Whichever way Julia went on this one, he was convinced he had the situation covered and he carefully camouflaged an inner smile. He finished his porridge and leaned over to kiss Julia’s pink mouth. She responded with her usual flattering ardour and he put up a hand to ruffle her dark curls. “Work calls. I won’t be back until supper time. Is there anything you want from Viriconium?” “I don’t think so. See you later.” He kissed her again and went out to where his personal all-wheel awaited him. To his surprise, Julia’s bodyguard, Edbert, was leaning casually against the vehicle. The great wolfhounds Canis and Lupo stood with him, waiting for their morning walk. “You haven’t forgotten what day it is, I hope.” “No. You’re all right. I have it covered.” The huge northerner mimed mopping his brow and sloped off. Dai got into the driving seat and allowed himself a smug grin.
He pulled up outside Bryn’s square stone-walled house and tooted cheerily. His friend and second-in-command ambled out with a grin from ear to ear, greying hair tied back and a doorstep of bread and honey in one hand. He climbed aboard and favoured Dai with a straight look. “I hope you have remembered what day it is?” “Why does everybody think I need reminding of an over-commercialised randomly-chosen date? Surely my wife knows I love her without some sort of overpriced gift?” Bryn eyed him narrowly. “I hope for your sake you’re winding me up, Bard.” “I am. Here. Look.” Dai took a red velvet pouch out of his tunic pocket and spilled the contents onto the palm of his hand. Bryn barely looked, instead he stuck his head out of the vehicle window and whistled shrilly. His wife opened the front door and trotted out. “Show it to Gwen. I was told if it was jewellery she needed to make sure you got it right.” Dai laughed and leaned out to display a silver chain bracelet from which there hung three charms. “See,” he said, “there’s a golden ball for when I asked her to come and be my love, the disk has the date of our marriage, and there’s a wolf for Lupercalia. I can add more charms as the years go by.” “That’s perfect,” Gwen stood on tiptoe to kiss his cheek before returning to her house. Dai put the bracelet back in its pouch and the pouch in his pocket before starting the engine and engaging drive.
They were about halfway to Viriconium when both men’s wristphones bleeped simultaneously. Bryn answered. “SI Cartivel. What’s the panic?” “Missing child. Cadell Glaw. The kid’s up in the hills somewhere. Parents are sheep farmers and he must have slipped out during the night. He’s three years old and the temperature is well below freezing.” “You don’t need to ask me, man, get the tracker dogs out!” “No can do. They are on their way back from Eboracum where there was that big jailbreak. Won’t be here until tomorrow morning. We can’t wait that long.” “No. We can’t.” Bryn looked at Dai questioningly. “Alright. Get the address and then call Edbert. Canis and Lupo would appear to be our only chance. Julia will lend them gladly in these circumstances.”
Some two hours later, and it was perishingly cold out on the hill. The farming couple were small dark-haired folk, who quickly understood what Dai had in mind. The man shut his own dogs in the barn and his wife went for a favourite toy to give Canis and Lupo the child’s scent. “We tried our sheepdogs,” the man said quietly, “but they couldn’t grasp what we wanted.” “I don’t suppose they could, but these boys are trained to seek.” Edbert was bundled up, looking for all the world to Dai’s eyes like a multicoloured version of one of the bears that hunted his native forests. Clad in a thick plaid winter coat, with a fur hood pulled close over his head, Edbert seemed oblivious to the cold as he put long leather leashes on the wolfhounds. When they had sniffed the stuffed sheep he snapped his fingers. “Seek,” he said firmly. “Seek.” The dogs cast about the farmyard quartering the ground with care, but for a tense few minutes, they could find nothing. Then Lupo’s tail went up and he gave an excited whimper. Seconds later Canis caught the same scent. Then they were off, all but dragging Edbert in their wake. Dai and Bryn got in the all-wheel and followed, leaving the farmer and his wife to wait and hope.
It was an uphill trek, and even Edbert’s formidable fitness was being tried by the rough terrain. After nearly three quarters of an hour of sinew-stretching running and careful driving, Dai was about to call a rest halt when the dogs lost the scent in the bottom of a rocky valley. Bryn looked stricken, but Dai had more faith in the dogs who cast carefully about the scree-covered valley bottom before drawing a blank. The dogs whined and Edbert encouraged them up to the slope to where they obediently ran around seeking the elusive trail. Dai was beginning to think his faith in the hounds might have been misplaced when Canis lifted his head and gave an excited whine. “They’ve only found it,” Bryn whispered, “they’ve only gone and found it”. Before Dai could think of a suitable response the dogs and Edbert had breasted the rise and the hunt was on again.
They seemed to have reached the apex of the hills and the trail led across the tops now where the wind whistled unforgivingly around the stunted trees. Bryn looked increasingly grim, and Dai himself wondered how a small child dressed only in his nightshirt and dressing gown would cope with such cold or indeed, could have travelled so far on his own. Before his imagination could go any further the dogs stopped again, but this time they stood stock still pointing, with their tongues lolling and their eyes sparkling. Edbert beckoned, and Dai stopped the all-wheeler. He and Bryn jumped down.
Once they were out, it was obvious why Edbert wouldn’t take Canis and Lupo any closer. The small sleeping figure was curled up between the woolly bodies of two sheep, with his booted feet sticking out, and a lamb clutched to his chest. Bryn looked at Dai and his eyes were suspiciously bright. “I really thought we might be looking for a body,” he said. “Me too,” Edbert admitted in his slow, deep voice. Dai didn’t waste time talking, he crossed to the sleeping child and put a gentle hand on the head of rough, dark curls. “Cadell,” he said quietly, “time to go home”. The little boy sat up and studied Dai through round black eyes. “Ewythr,” he said and held up his arms.
It was hours later when the medicus had examined Cadell and declared him none the worse for his ordeal, and Edbert and the dogs had made their own way home, that Dai and Bryn climbed back into their transport. “No point in heading for Viriconium, now,” Dai said genially. “We may as well knock off a bit early and go home to our wives.” He put his hand into the pocket where his Lupercalia gift for Julia lay, only to find the pocket empty. For a moment the cold of the mountains reached in to touch his soul. He searched with increasing desperation, but it was nowhere to be found. “Bryn,” he said in a tense thread of a voice. “I’ve lost Julia’s present. It must have fallen out of my pocket somewhere.” Bryn smiled wryly. “It did, Bard. Out on the hill. When you bent to pick up young Cadell.” “What? Did you pick it up?” “No. I didn’t even see it fall…” Dai was sure he looked as puzzled and irritated as he felt. “What are you telling me you spado? Is it still up there on the hillside?” “No.” Bryn put a hand in his own pocket and grinned. “It’s here. Lupo must have seen you drop it and he retrieved. He fetched it to Edbert, who gave it to me because you were busy.” Dai took the pouch and dusted it off with a trembling hand. “I owe that dog a great big bone.”
Glossary of Non-English Terms Please note these are not always accurate translations, they are how these terms are used in Dai and Julia’s world.
Eboracum – we would call it York. Ewythr – uncle Lupercalia – once celebrated with raucous rabbles running through the street, by Dai and Julia’s day it is much more like our own Valentine’s Day. Spado – literally ‘eunuch’, metaphorically ‘stupid fool’. Viriconium – we would call it Wroxeter.
Next author up: R J Mirabal
1. Who are you as a person? (brief bio paragraph)
I’m a husband, grandfather, retired teacher, amateur musician, avid 4Wheeler, hiker, and volunteer. I took up writing more seriously when I retired in 2008. I love the outdoors but also enjoying wearing my “lounge” clothes all day if possible. I was Los Lunas (New Mexico) High School 2006 Teacher of the Year and went on to win the Excellence in Education Award for NEA-New Mexico in 2007, having taught English, speech, drama and computer literacy.
2. How long have you been a writer?
Professionally, since 2008. I did a lot of writing back in the 70s and early 80s and only published a couple of articles in local magazines. The demands of teaching soon took all time away from that pursuit until I retired. I decided that I would focus on fantasy novels and over a period of five years, produced the Rio Grande Parallax series of three books.
3. Are you Traditionally or Indie published? If not yet, what are you considering?
I’m an Indie published by Black Rose Writing which has grown very quickly since I joined them in 2011. I have hopes of getting with a traditional publisher soon. Fingers crossed.
4. What writers inspired you? Favorite Authors?
There are a wide variety of authors who inspired me: Isaac Asimov, JRR Tolkien, James Herriot, Agatha Christie, Arthur C. Clarke, Charlotte Bronte, William Shakespeare, etc. All these are favorite authors among many new ones too numerous to list here!
5. What is your book/series about (elevator speech or quick tweet post)
Imagine an epic struggle between warring clans set on the sprawling terrain of an enchanted high desert river valley. The Rio Grande Parallax Series takes place in the Middle Rio Grande River Valley of New Mexico and the Valle Abajo, a magical, ancient alternative valley isolated from the world we occupy.
Yet a few select individuals (Teresa Ramos, a curandera in 1905; Don Vargas, a college instructor and alcoholic in the present time; and Esther Jiron, five years later) can pass through the Portal from the South Valley of Albuquerque, NM, into the Valle Abajo. And only they can lead the more peaceful clans of the Valle to fight a reign of terror wrought by the scheming, evil Soreyes.
Enter that world of amazing magic, gritty adventure, mystery, and passion through the pages of the Rio Grande Parallax Series.
6. What is the setting and genre?
Middle Rio Grande Valley just below Albuquerque, NM and a fantasy version of the same terrain set in some undefined ancient time. The story is an epic fantasy with elements of contemporary fantasy.
7. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Don Vargas, a troubled man who is not looking for adventure or to be a hero. He simply wants to escape the drudgery and difficulties of his current life… and drank lots of beer! I Iike him because he’s cynical, yet not boring. There is great potential for heroism and love within him, but it’s quite a challenge to reveal that part of his personality. If I wasn’t such a nice person, I would like to say the things he does in some situations!
8. What character is most like you?
Nersite is most like me. More of a sidekick (to Don Vargas), both sure of himself and yet has no illusions of grandeur. He wants a good life, but is not afraid to work hard and take risks to protect those he loves.
9. If you had a supernatural power, what would it be?
The ability to write that is perfect on the first draft for any publisher who receives them and do not require the services of an editor. There, that was easy!
10. Would you say your book has a message or underlying theme? What is it?
Perception and how it changes. Our perception of reality depends on more than solid facts because there is so much going on around us but we’re only aware of a tiny fraction. In the story, Don’s perception (and later Esther’s) keeps changing as their awareness becomes more acute.
11. How are you marketing your book?
I do a lot of events like book fairs, science fiction/fantasy conventions, comic cons, etc. that allow me to meet potential readers. I find Internet ads and social media are no substitute for face to face contact.
12. A wonderful thing has happened! Hollywood wants to make a movie of your book! You get to pick the actors & actresses.
You want_(No idea! Sorry!) for your lead characters.
13. What music do you hear (what songs) remind you of your story?
I find that Traditional Celtic music fits very well because of its unique romantic flair that fits the setting and mood.
14. What Favorite foods
New Mexican food such as enchiladas, tamales, posolé, green chile stew, etc.
15. What makes you laugh/cry?
Humor derived from real life experience. I find Jerry Seinfeld to be particularly funny because he finds humor in the most ordinary experiences of life.
16. What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Don’t look for me here. I’m off on the greatest adventure and I won’t be back!
17. Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Music (specifically learning to play the hammered dulcimer), riding my 4Wheeler, hiking, walking my dog, and travel.
18. What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love PBS Masterpiece Theater as well as the science shows and other PBS dramas from England and Australia. I like some of the more intelligent mysteries and police procedurals. I love most animated films. My favorite series was “All Creatures Great and Small.”
19. If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Well, I had a full career teaching and found that rewarding most of the time! Otherwise, I would have liked to act or work behind the mike on radio, but those were very dicey ambitions—even more unlikely than being an author! I also enjoyed design when I was a kid, especially automotive design.
20. What are you working on right now?
Dog stories. My current fantasy trilogy is definitely for mature audiences, but the new project is aimed at “children of all ages,” though specifically early elementary grades up to about age 10. But the “all ages” target is important because I want these to be stories that delight everyone even the parents who may read these tales to their children. The stories are mostly realistic based on our experience adopting and getting acquainted with our rescue dog, Trixie. A few fantasy tales develop through Trixie’s dreams, inspired by real events.
21. How much research do you do for your novels? Bonus –what’s the weirdest thing you have Googled?
Most research is within my own head to find imaginative solutions to develop my characters, setting, and plot. I usually research any factual material as background to my stories. I don’t make a big effort, but I want to be accurate on anything realistic in my stories. No weird Googling!
22. What’s the scariest thing you have ever done, and did it end up in a story?
I barreled down an incredibly steep hill in my 4Wheeler one time. There was a deep ravine at the bottom of the hill, so I had to steer hard right to miss it once I got near the bottom. Not exactly a fun thing to do while gaining a lot of speed down a scary hill. Haven’t found a place for it in a story. Maybe someday…
23. Name 5 fictional characters you would invite to a dinner party. Where would the party be?
Macbeth, Hercule Poirot, Captain James Kirk, Violet Crawley (from Downton Abbey), and Kurt Wallander. The party could only take place on the Starship Enterprise as it passes through the edge of a black hole cutting across multiple time zones. Not sure what the occasion would be, but with those characters, who needs a plot!
24. What links or website do you have? List them below.
Buy links for Rio Grande Parallax Series:
*All three books: The Tower of Il Serrohe, Extreme Dust Storms May Exist, and Zero Visibility Possible, are available on my publisher’s web site: Black Rose Writing *Signed copies of my books (print) can be purchased directly from my Square Store.
*Also, print and eBooks (some are available free on Amazon) available at: Amazon (Tower of Il Serrohe): http://goo.gl/7CsGi2 Amazon (Extreme Dust Storms May Exist): http://goo.gl/JK5wc3 Amazon (Zero Visibility Possible): https://goo.gl/TV7BiU Barnes & Noble (Tower of Il Serrohe): http://goo.gl/sGC0cS Barnes & Noble (Extreme Dust Storms May Exist): http://goo.gl/SCewFl Barnes & Noble (Zero Visibility Possible): https://goo.gl/ryiWpw
RJ Mirabal Website & Social Media Links: RJ’s Blog and web site: http://rjmirabal.wordpress.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rjmirabalauthor
Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RJMirabal/posts Email: email@example.com
“RJ the Story Guy” read the first several chapters from Book I, The Tower of Il Serrohe, and posted them on YouTube. Start with the “Prologue” and then go from there. Good way to get started on the book and then finish the rest on your own! RJ the Story Guy Channel on YouTube
Would you like a free interview and exposure? I have guests through about the end of March, but after that I'll be looking for more of you. All you have to do is message me through Mary R. Woldering/Children of Stone/Mary Woldering Facebook sites or my email: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for interview questions.
I send them along with "How to" instructions and once I receive them I give you a date to tell the world all about it. I also sign you up for free so you can tag others. Just message me.I'm open to all genre, but if you write erotica, be careful to tone it down a notch and make sure any book covers have nothing too blatant. Usually I look before I post and if I find something Iffy, I'll notify. So far, that has not happened, so don't be intimidated.
A very valuable re-blog for those who are "Trimming the Fat" (like I am) from earlier writing.
Hedge Words and Inflation Words: Prune Them From Your Writing
Posted on February 5, 2018
editor Jessi Rita Hoffman (@JRHwords).
As writers, we all know wordiness is something to avoid: never say in ten words what you can say in four. But while we get that in theory, it’s often hard, in practice, to produce tight writing. We look at the sentences on the page, suspecting they are verbose, but don’t know what to change or to eliminate. Learning that is part of the art and craft of writing, of course, and no one blog post can identify all the secrets. But as a book editor who sees lots of writers make many identical mistakes, I’d like to highlight two common writing flaws that clutter the manuscripts of many aspiring authors. I call these culprits “hedge words” and “inflation words.”
Inflation Words: The Problem
Inflation words are intensifiers a writer adds to a sentence in an effort to make something he wrote sound punchier. Very, extremely, highly, truly, literally, precisely, key, and totally are examples of inflation words. The author hopes that by using them, the point she is making will carry more weight, or have more intensity, but the opposite usually results. It’s true that used sparingly, a well-placed intensifier can add flavor, like a dash of salt on one’s food. But when paragraphs are laden with intensifiers, word inflation results. Everything said is so overemphasized that readers become desensitized. You’re shouting so loud that nobody can hear. You’ve spiced the soup so heavily that no one knows if it’s turkey noodle or beef barley under there. The boy has called, “Wolf!” too often, and no one is listening anymore.
Some aspiring authors do the same thing with italics and bolding that others do with inflation words: they overuse them to the point where, when they really want to emphasize something, there’s no way to make it stand out (because everything has been made to stand out). That’s when some writers, in frustration, add underlining to the mix, or all capital letters, or (God forbid) an increase in font size, and soon the manuscript has the visual appearance of a sign or a flier. Or maybe it looks like something a middle-schooler wrote, complete with !!! or !?! at the end of the sentences. Uh-oh, not good!
Inflation Words: The Cure
Instead of trying to prop up weak writing with inflation words or heavy formatting tricks, achieve emphasis in a controlled and tasteful way by selecting the single, precise word that perfectly conveys the flavor you intend to express. For example, replace very confidently with boldly. Replace extremely clever with genius. You don’t need to add an intensifier if the word you select in the first place has the intensity you’re looking for.
Alternatively, sometimes emphasis is better achieved by understatement—by dressing the writing down and making it less blustering. Very important to note becomes, simply, the words you want the reader to note, without the bombastic prelude.
Hedge Words: The Problem
On the other end of the inflation/deflation spectrum, we have authors who prefer to use hedge words: words that deflate the power of the writing by qualifying or limiting other words in the vicinity. These are the hesitant writers, who feel shy about making their points boldly. They are apt to couch their sentences in apologetic words like: generally, more or less, relatively, seems to, on average, potentially, and usually. This, of course, weakens the power of the point they are making, because it sounds to readers like the writer himself isn’t convinced of the truth of what he’s saying.
Hedge words show up more in nonfiction than in fiction, but sometimes even fiction writers over-qualify what they are saying. If hedge words are allowed to proliferate in descriptive writing, they weaken the power of the image the author intends to create.
It’s not that these limiting words are intrinsically “bad”—hedge words certainly have their place, particularly in mathematical and scientific writing. It’s also fine to use them in ordinary prose so long as you do it occasionally and when qualification is needed for accuracy. But if you notice limiting qualifiers sprinkled liberally across all of your paragraphs, you suffer from the malady of being a hedge-words writer.
Hedge Words: The Cure
The cure for deflationary writing is to relax and have more faith in your readers. They know when you write “a thousand soldiers came over the hill” that you mean more or less a thousand. They know when you write that Marilyn rises on weekends after the sun comes up that you mean she does this generally. Those qualifiers (more or less and generally) are understood without being explicitly stated. If you do include them, it may sound like a bigger deal than you meant. We think you’re implying some soldiers perhaps have gone AWOL and that Marilyn is erratic in her sleeping habits. If you’re a hedge-word enthusiast, take a breath, be bold, and trust your readers’ intelligence.
Look at some samples of your own writing, and see if inflation words or hedge words frequently appear there. If they do, that awareness alone will help you start to catch yourself. I know, for instance, that I tend to err in the direction of word inflation. I had to delete really, truly, and highly several times from this post. But because I’m sensitized to my personal tendency to overemphasize, I’m able to catch myself and remove that flaw from my writing.
(Confession: I did allow myself one well-placed really in this article—did you catch it?—even though it’s an inflation word. Remember: it’s perfectly fine to use both inflation words and hedge words so long as you do so judiciously and rarely. Like germs that are always with us, inflation words and hedge words only become a problem if they multiply.)
Below is a list I’ve compiled of common hedge words and inflation words. Can you think of any I missed?
Common Inflation Words
Very important to note
Specific key concept
Common Hedge Words
For the most part
More or less
In the neighborhood of
If you found this discussion helpful, you might enjoy another article I wrote about a related bad writing habit: Two Stammer Verbs to Avoid in Your Fiction.
Now that we are at the end of February it's time for mentioning some of the releases seein in the past month.
https://www.amazon.com/Traitors-Fate-Queen-Thieves-Fantasy-ebook/dp/B078XPHZW9/ref=la_B00J9008MC_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519591528&sr=1-1 Andy Peloquin 1-30-18
As time grows shorter before the long-awaited publication of Children of Stone #4 Heart of the Lotus look for more excerpts, blurbs and art from the latest as well as (if I am organized enough) any pre-orders and specials on Books 1-3. My plan is to drop the price on those one at a time to get the readership up.
Next week, however: March 5
National Absinthe Day
Deka - excerpts about her character
RJ’s Character Don Vargas,
Meet Jill Hand Two Stammer Verbs to Avoid in Your Fiction