Tag: writing myths

Why “Never Use Adverbs” Is Bad Writing Advice

Posted August 20, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Why “Never Use Adverbs” Is Bad Writing Advice

Let’s debunk this bad boy. Beyond the fact that “never” is an adverb, which is a fun little irony for you. What IS an adverb? An adverb is more than a word that modifies a verb — but it’s a good start. Adverbs are versatile little words that can modify anything except nouns. (Because if a […]

Your Writer’s Block is Fear

Posted December 4, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Your Writer’s Block is Fear

I spent an entire day dodging the rewrites of my novel, Hidden Illusions. I poked around social media. I escaped on errands. I stared at the computer screen willing the words to come, but nothing happened. Not because I was suffering from writer’s block. I knew I needed to make drastic changes and I wasn’t sure if […]

Start Your Sentences with And & But

Posted September 5, 2013 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Start Your Sentences with And & But

Are you ready to break another grammar rule? Because I’m about to give you permission to be a rule breaker. Here we go. Start your sentences with and & but. (I’m using an ampersand because ‘and and but’ just seems wrong and this is my blog, so I do what I wanna.) Yes. Start your […]