Avoiding Split Infinitives in Your Writing

Split Infinitives

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When writing a book you should avoid inserting split infinitives as this is one of the keys to great writing.

And all dared to brave unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before – and thus was the Empire forged.

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Splitting an infinitive means inserting a word or phrase between the word to and the verb. A split infinitive is when the word to is separated from the infinitive by an adverb. The most famous example we can use, which sounds clumsy, is from Star Trek: Continue reading “Avoiding Split Infinitives in Your Writing”

Adverbs Unravelled

Adverbs Unravelled

Following on from a previous post on verbs, an adverb is a word or phrase that modifies the meaning of an adjective, verb or other adverb, expressing manner (swiftly, easily, gently), place (everywhere, here, there), time (daily, never, now, early, late) or degree (farthest, least, always, very, most, really). An adverb tells us when, where, how, in what manner or to what extent a certain action is performed, often identified by the suffix –ly, although not always: Continue reading “Adverbs Unravelled”

First, Second or Third Person?

Deciding on a Viewpoint – First, Second or Third Person?

Once you have established what tense you want to write in, it is important to decide whose point of view you are going to write from and be consistent. For example, whether you are going to use I/me (first person), you (second person) or he/she/it (third person). Check that you haven’t slipped into a different person by mistake. There are advantages and disadvantages to each style, so let us look at them now: Continue reading “First, Second or Third Person?”

Adding Pace to Your Novel

Adding Pace to Your Novel

Many of the authors we meet have a great idea for a plot and have conjured up some very believable and interesting characters. But then they fail to write a great novel because they get the pace wrong. Either they race through events that should be savoured and enjoyed, even if it is only for the horror or disgust value, missing out vital details so the reader feels cheated. Or they spend too much time on long-winded descriptions so the reader wants to skip a few pages and get back to the action. Continue reading “Adding Pace to Your Novel”

Time Management When Writing a Novel

Time Management

Novels vary greatly in length, but you can write a really good novel that is somewhere between 70,000 and 90,000 words. Many of you may think that the reason you are not writing is because you don’t have the time. But that’s very unlikely to be the case. It’s most likely to be that there’s a very much deeper reason in your unconscious mind probably relating to lack of confidence or belief in your ability to write a novel that will sell. Continue reading “Time Management When Writing a Novel”