January 20

Tip: You can split wood, but please don’t split infinitives. An infinitive consists of “to” along with a verb: to run, to jump, to breathe, to play, etc. When you stick a modifier in between them—to quickly run, to suddenly jump, to deeply breathe, etc.—you’re splitting them. Move the modifier elsewhere: to run quickly, to jump suddenly, to breathe deeply. Sometimes moving the modifier creates an awkward phrase. In this case, try rewriting the sentence for better flow.

Thought: “Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing.” – Bonnie Friedman.

Teaser: Pick a room in your house – preferably one that you are not in – and describe it in detail – colors, furniture, knick-knacks, dust bunnies, everything. Use this description as a setting for a scene.

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