U is for Universal Writing Truths
There are many universal writing truths out there so I am going to share some now. You’ll find writing tips (some that you may know, some that you may not know) as well as facts, quotes and other words of wisdom.
"No one is asking, let alone demanding, that you write. The world is not waiting with bated breath for your article or book. Whether or not you get a single word on paper, the sun will rise, the earth will spin, the universe will expand. Writing is forever and always a choice -- your choice." -Beth Mende Conny
STASTIC: From the time a person begins writing as a hobby, it takes them an average of eight years to become traditionally published.
Exclamation points are used to express strong feelings.
Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.
“Description begins in the writer’s imagination. But should finish in the reader’s.” –Stephen King
FACT: Reading improves your vocabulary.
Five of the 26 alphabet letters are vowels: A, E, I, O, and U. The letter “Y” is sometimes considered a vowel.
Fiction means the story is fake. Nonfiction means the story is real.
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” –Mark Twain
FACT: William Shakespeare invented the word “hurry".
A palindrome is a word or phrase that is the same if read forward and backward. Example Sentence: A Santa at Nasa. Example Word: Racecar
A noun is a person, place, thing, animal, or idea.
“Books aren't written—they're rewritten." -Michael Crichton
FACT: Pencils are yellow because the best graphite in the world comes from China. The Chinese believe the color yellow represents royalty and respect, so in the 1890’s American manufactures painted their pencils yellow to symbolize those feelings and to announce their pencils contained Chinese graphite.
Punctuation marks—including question marks, commas and periods—go inside quotation marks.
FACT: When they are trying out a new pen for the first time, 97% of people will write their own name.
"Success comes to a writer, as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look back and realize the heights to which he has climbed." -P.G. Wodehouse
STASTIC: Agented authors send an average of 65 queries before gaining representation.
Stress kills creativity.
FACT: C.S. Lewis received over 800 rejections before he sold a single piece of writing.
“A critic can only review the book he has read, not the one which the writer wrote.” –Mignon McLaughlin
There are hundreds of universal writing truths from common grammar rules to wisdom from the great writers who came before us.
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