October 4

Today is National Golf Day, National Vodka Day, National Taco Day

Tips: Apostrophes often give writers trouble – when to use them, when not to. Apostrophes are used to show contractions(don’t vs. do not) or to show possession. It is the possessive form that are the most difficult (it’s vs. its).  However, like all grammar rules, there are issues with this. The general rule is that the possessive of a singular noun is formed by adding an apostrophe and s, whether the singular noun ends in s or not. (the lawyer’s fee, the child’s toy). The possessive of a plural noun is formed by adding only an apostrophe when the noun ends in s, and by adding both an apostrophe and s when it ends in a letter other than s (excessive lawyers’ fees, children’s toys). Go through your manuscript and look at your usage of apostrophes. Is the word a shortened version of a longer phrase (it’s = it is) or a possessive form (The dog chewed its bone.), or is it a plural possessive? Good luck!

Thought for the day: To write it, it took three months; to conceive it three minutes; to collect the data in it—all my life.  – F. Scott Fitzgerald referring to his novel This Side of Paradise.

Jumpstart: We all have things in our lives that we don’t enjoy doing. What doesn’t your character like to do? Why? Write a short scene where s/he has to do this. What is s/he feeling? Show the reader the emotions, don’t tell us. Show us the splashing water as s/he mops the floor – and then someone tracks mud over it, again.