Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Round-Up - #69

Kathy Ide, at Pix-n-Pens, gives us a lesson on how to use EM dashes.

Erynn Mangum, at Scribble Chicks looks at what makes characters believable.

B. J. Hamrick, over at Scribble Chicks, talks about the "workshopped to death" syndrome. Since this is conference season, we might want to lend an ear to her warnings.

Have a blessed weekend!

24 comments:

Jessica said...

I just learned how to use em dashes. Good stuff to know. I'm going to check out that workshopped to death thingy. Have a great weekend Susan!

Jessica said...

Just thought I'd let you know that the link for BJ led to a scribble chicks post about regurgitating our writing....or something. LOL

sherrinda said...

I love it when you highlight other articles that would help us writers! It is very helpful! I hope you have a great weekend!

Jody Hedlund said...

I think anyone who's gone to a conference can relate to work-shopped to death! :) Have a great weekend!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Susan:

I had not visited Pix n Pens before today--it's a lovely blog, and I learned the difference between the dashes, which I use correctly, but didn't know why!

Thanks for the tips.

Blesed day,
Jen

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

I have to go back and re-read that post. It's an area that still confuses me.

Enjoy your weekend!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jody -

They sure try to stuff a lot into your head at one time, don't they? LOL!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jen -

Pix N Pens is an excellent blog. BTW, they're on my blogroll.

Have a great weekend!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Sherrinda -

I try to limit the number of links, so everyone isn't overwhelmed. I'm glad you find them useful. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Jill Kemerer said...

Alright! Love the linkies! Have a great weekend!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jill -

Have fun!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

Oops! Sorry about that.

If my memory serves me correctly, that was also a good article.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Heather Sunseri said...

great link on em and en dashes! Thanks.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Heather -

Those dashes cause a lot of problems for writers. Glad the link helped.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for sharing these links, will have to check them out. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Now, if I can just figure out why pictures look fine in the Preview and publish completely different on the blog.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Lynnette Bonner said...

Thanks for the links to some great articles! :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Lynette -

Welcome to my blog, and thanks for commenting. I post here Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Have a great weekend!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Jill Nutter said...

Hmmmmmmmm,
The old EM Dash and workshopped to death. I think I've experienced those both lately.:) ACFW was so fun, but it's hard to stay on full alert for 72 hours + and I know you can relate.
Have a restful, full of fun Sunday, Susan.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jill -

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

Have a great Sunday evening!

Blessings,
Susan

Jean Fischer said...

Susan,

That was an interesting post over at Scribble Chicks. I think that sometimes writers get so caught up in writing right that their writing loses its freedom. I recently read two books from Christian authors that break the mould: Andy Andrews' The Noticer and N.D. Wilson's Notes From the Tilt-a-Whirl. Both are good examples of books that work and aren't formulaic.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jean -

Thanks for the book recommendations. I'll have to look them up.

While I want to write a great story, I don't want to lose the passion that makes a book memorable. I've read some books that are nice stories, but they didn't really touch me at a deep level.

Thanks for commenting. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Sharon Ball said...

Susan, thanks for the links to these great blog articles. Kathy Ide's post, at Pix and Pens, explained en dashes and em dashes very well. One of these days I might have to cough up the money for a Chicago Style Manual.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Sharon -

I have a Strunk & White, as well as a Christian Style Manual. The Chicago Manual of Style is not yet sitting on my bookshelf.

Blessings,
Susan :)