New Beginnings

In the spirit of establishing a separate identity for Diary of A Suburban Misfit (as opposed to tying it in to my alter ego Renee Rocco), I’ve decided to give this blog its own online home. By separating my two personas, I can be a bit more…real…when it comes to truth-bombs about my domestic disasters. And trust me, there are plenty of those. Finding balance when it comes to a full-time career - even one that allows me to remain home to raise my daughters - and my personal life is challenging. It’s difficult for me to ‘unplug’ from work. It’s also pretty much impossible for me to not have my everyday awkwardness bleed into my professional world.

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Quick & Dirty Writing Tips

Here are some quick & dirty writing tips that showcase some common writing issues.

A/An: A hotel, a historian. But: an honor, an heir

Blond/Blonde: She was a blonde. But, she had blond hair.

Farther/Further: Farther for physical distance, Further for metaphorical or figurative distance.

That/Which/Who: That is a defining pronoun. Which is non-defining. Who when referencing a person. That when referencing an object

Toward/Backward/Afterward/Upward: It’s not towards, backwards, afterwards, or upwards. It’s toward, backward, afterward, and upward

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On Authoring: Action, Dialogue Tags, & Proper Structure

Dialogue is a key element of storytelling. Meaningful dialogue moves a story along, and should place your audience smack in the middle of an integral exchange between your characters. Dialogue can also help set the tone of your story or a moment in time between characters. Tags can also give insight into a character's personality. Is your character surly? He might growl out his words. Is your character annoyed? She might snap or bark out her words.

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On Authoring: Try To vs Try And

An author's job is to hone their craft. Sometimes, that means working with an editor who will slash away at your manuscript with the dreaded red pen. Other times, it's a small nudge in the right direction that can make the difference between clean and dirty writing. With On Authoring, I hope to be that little nudge in the right direction by sharing simple solutions to the common, but annoying, writing pitfalls.

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