Quick Writing and Editing Tips – Past and Passed #Writing #Editing

How we use English today…differs quite a bit for some of us. This is a good post to remind us how words work in different ways.

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Passed is the past tense of the verb ‘to pass’. It’s used to describe things that have already happened. It’s also the past participle of ‘to pass’ so it’s used for the passive voice (the law was passed) and perfect tenses (thirty years have passed by so quickly).

Passed is only ever a verb form.

Past, however, has lots of different functions – it is an adjective, a noun and a preposition.

As a noun:

  • The time before the present moment (we didn’t use that method in the past)
  • The history of a place or person (he never talks about his past)

As an adjective:

  • Gone by in time or no longer existing (his best years are past)
  • Happening before and leading up to the time of speaking or writing (he’s really grown in the past year)

As a preposition:

  • From one side of something to the other (he ran…

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Itchy Writing Fingers are Back!

The start of a new story from Claire Plaisted. LGBT Romance.

Claire Plaisted - Multi-Genre Author

Well, it’s been six or more months since I have done any serious writing, and though that time has been busy with clients and live in general, it’s good to be back and writing. What a really wanted was to finish a few of the draft manuscripts I already started, however, the muse wants new work and that work is a LGBT story called ‘Reunited with Love’ It’s about two men who were once friends (yeah one of those) with a mystery right in the middle.

You will learn about Family History Research along the way. I’m hoping it will be a cool read.

Nyne Tatterdell, now a widower, married while still at University in Southern England. He took his husband’s surname, and they had a daughter. Carly is a grown up four-year-old who everyone adores with long black-brown curly hair, she takes after her papa, Jed.

Drayton Keller, who…

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Who Is She? Claire Plaisted: an Interview from My Archives Copyright 2017 #Author’sCorner

Look what Patty found for me. Gosh, it seems so long ago since I wrote this. So much has changed in life, though the journey is still relevant. Anyway, if you want to know a bit more about me… Give this a read. 🙂

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Hello everyone.

Earlier today, while doing some more computer maintenance, Casey Mathews, founder of WebFriendlyHelp.com unearthed a whole ton and half of old documents I thought were long gone. Oh, they may be buried in the archives of this blog, but seriously, who knows for sure? And furthermore, who’s got time to go digging round all the way back to 2017 for them?

Anyhow, I’d like to invite all of you to read the following amazing interview featuring Claire Plaisted.

Thanks to Anita Kovacevic for this wonderfully done interview of a wonderous lady.

Who is SHE? – ClairePlaisted

by Anita Kovacevic on 12/05/2017

Claire Plaisted, a New Zealand force of nature in the form of a mother, author, editor, publisher and book promoter, has agreed to take some time to do my no-question interview and say what my key words mean to her…




What are dreams?…

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7 reasons why I’m not the right editor for you – by Louise Harnby…

A great read for when you are looking for the right editor.

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Every author deserves to work with an editor who’s a great fit for their book.

​Commissioning editorial help means investing your money and your trust in someone you might never have met. It’s therefore critical that you choose the right editor.

Below are 7 reasons why I won’t be a good fit for you.

Continue reading HERE

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7 Tips to Writing Character Biographies

This is an excellent article and well worth the read. Thank you, Charles.

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Sticking with the character biography topic, we’re going to look into a few tips for those who want to use this trick.  I’m sure this isn’t for everyone.  It’s a big plotter/planner tool alongside outlines and summaries.  You can also go a little too far with a character biography, which isn’t always a bad thing.  It all depends on how you use the information that you’ve carefully crafted.

  1. There aren’t any rules about character biographies aside from them having to be about the character.  Every author has their own method and style.  Some can be blocks of paragraphs while others are full essays.  You might just outline the character in a sensible chart to avoid extraneous words.  As long as you are happy with what you have created and can use it as a guide, you’ve done the right thing.
  2. While it’s fun to reveal these treats…

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