Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ronnie's Rules of 'Riting

Miscellaneous Writing Notes

”I first saw her on the beach as she walked by wearing a tiny bikini with a huge smile.”

“Ahead of them stood another young woman, this one dressed in a navy blue suit with a jacket with a wide belt that buckled at the waist and extended down to her hips.”

For the first statement, I picture a smiley face on the bikini backside. For the second, an interesting woman’s suit with an extraordinarily wide belt.

Other recent observations in published books:

Except instead of accept

To accept is to receive. “I’m happy to accept the position of team leader.”

To except something is to separate or excuse it. “Everyone, except Jim, is on the team.”

Affect and effect are often misused.

How did the divorce affect your life?

How effective was the counseling?

Myself should not be used as the subject of any sentence. We even hear it on news broadcasts. “Officer Opelski and myself entered the building…” When you are the subject, use I.

“Sunrise will be at five fifteen a.m. in the morning.” Would that be as opposed to the sunrise at five fifteen a.m. in the evening? Listen for this one regularly on all television stations. Probably radio, too.
Announcer whispers into the microphone: “We are here waiting for the president to arrive. He is scheduled to speak at eleven a.m. this morning.”

Okay. I know you have your own favorite errors. Go ahead, hit me with them.

Veronica Helen Hart is the author of The Prince of Keegan Bay, Champagne Books, and Elena, the Girl with the Piano, Double Edge Press. 


Nikki said...

"Driving down the road, a pothole damaged her tire." (Great ravening potholes!)

"Oranges .09 cents each." (Really? 9/100 of a cent each?)

"Whom shall I say is calling?"


Liz Fountain said...

"He was the kind of person that always used apostrophe's wrong."

That just about sums up three of my pet grammar peeves. Thanks, Ronnie!

Ute Carbone said...

"You'll get a free gift just for ordering!"
Because, you know, otherwise you have to pay for the gift.

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Good ones, guys!