The Mad Author
Jean Tennant


Posted Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at 6:26 PM
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  • These last two columns really work together--in fact all of the columns work together. Getting the words on paper is the easy part, but making them all work together takes much consideration. When I go over what I have written, I will often find a strong action verb I liked so much that I used it over and over. Then the thesaurus comes in handy for me.

    Thanks for the clarifaction on "who/whom." I understand it--but always need to think about it in my writing.

    I am looking forward to reading the newest Shapato publications--and encourage the reader to click on to Shapato's website, or get into Amazon, and then click on Shapato. You might be amazed at how much Jean has been doing.

    -- Posted by Betty Taylor on Mon, Sep 5, 2011, at 7:49 AM
  • Since reading this bit about verbs I've been more aware of them in the reading i've been doing, esp fiction. You're so right - the more creative the verb the more exciting the reading experience is for me. And i hadn't even been aware of it! Every little bit helps, every tip to improve my own writing adds up to a better piece of work as a whole.

    I took Betty Taylor's advice and did a search on Amazon.com. That was an enlightning experience! Fiction, nonfiction, children's books, even course materials. Do you sleep?

    -- Posted by DHarris on Tue, Sep 6, 2011, at 5:58 AM
  • Did I read that right? You've published the book of a nationally (maybe even internationally) known celebrity, Coach Wade from Survivor?

    -- Posted by farmergirl.sp on Wed, Sep 7, 2011, at 4:46 PM
  • I noticed that Jean has not answered this question yet--but you certainly did read it right. Isn't it exciting!

    -- Posted by Betty Taylor on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 10:40 AM
  • Betty - thanks for your nice comments, as always.

    DHarris - I don't sleep as much as we're supposed to. I know this is bad, and I certainly feel better when I get plenty of rest, but I always resent the time it takes away from me and all the stuff I want to do. Eight hours a night? That's a third of my life!

    Farmergirl - Yes, Shapato Publishing has put out Coach Wade's new book, which is going to make my watching of the new season something of a nail-biter for me now that I've gotten to know him. Other than the finale, which will air live, the show was filmed a few months ago. He can't and won't tell me how he did!

    -- Posted by JTennant on Fri, Sep 9, 2011, at 3:56 PM
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