This is taken from a worksheet I received at the SWA Conference last month, and I just had to share. Cheryl Norman’s Novel Writing Class, as you can imagine, was hilarious.
Punctuation is like Sex:
- Commas are not like kisses. They should not be scattered freely among your beloved words.
- Like spouses, exclamation marks should ideally come one per person, per lifetime. (Except in YA, I personally believe.)
- Parenthetical asides are like secrets between friends–not a good idea.
Again, I made this list with the help of a workshop I received in Cheryl Norman’s Novel Writing Class at the Southeastern Writer’s Workshop.
The Top 7 Downfalls of Writers:
- Lack of self-discipline
- Failing to use biological time positively (Ex. Are you a morning person? A night person?)
- Creating distractions/giving in to them
- Failing to finish individual pieces of work
- Failing to set goals that are high enough
- Not honoring one’s own unique material and VOICE
- Failing to acknowledge the duality within the creative person (Ex. Extend yourself! See what you can do.)