4 Twitter accounts that I’d recommend to writers

Happy Friday to all you amazing people! I hope the coming weekend is relaxing and fun for all of you!

As some of you know, I’ve been working on writing a novel! I ended up taking a break in July, which was kind of discouraging, but I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things. I only got serious about writing this story in June, and now I’m about a third of the way through a rough draft.

One of the things that have really helped me get back into it is the people I follow on Twitter.

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Tuesday Tidbit #6- Who’s confused about whom? (AKA- when to use who and whom)

Happy Tuesday to all you amazing people! I hope you had an awesome weekend!

I don’t know if it’s come across in my past couple Tidbit posts, but I kind of love grammar. And, since many of you are headed back to school/college/uni in a little while, I figured this is the month to gush about grammar!

This week’s Tidbit is all about knowing who’s who. Or rather, when to use who and whom. We’ve all seen a television show or movie where they let the audience know who the “smart one” is by having them correct someone with a quiet *ahem* “whoooom.” But if you’re going to be writing essays, or books, or blog posts, it might be helpful to actually know the difference between the two.

Just like a lot of grammar rules, there’s a trick to remembering which word to use when.

When to use “who:”

According to the official rule, “who” is used “to refer to the subject of the sentence.” All this means is if the answer to the question is “he” or “she,” use “who.” FOR EXAMPLE:

Who stole Captain Holt’s Medal of Honor?” “He did, the one and only Jake Peralta.”

Because the subject is “he/she,” you would use “who.”

When to use “whom:”

Officially, “whom” is used “to refer to the object of a verb or preposition.” Basically, where “who” refers to “he/she,” our friend “whom” refers to “him/her.” FOR EXAMPLE:

“To whom do I address this RSVP?” “You should send it to her, the bride.”

So whenever you’re gonna answer with “him/her,” you’d use “whom.”

This is one of those tiny details that will help take your essays, novel, or blog posts stand out to anyone who’ll be reading your work!

Thanks for reading!

Did this help you at all? Did you know the difference between the who and whom? Are there any other writing-related rules you’re confused by? Let me know in the comments below!


Ryann’s 3 Rules for DNF-ing

Hi there, fellow readers! I hope you all have awesome weekend ahead of you!

The other day (aka quite a while ago), I was reading Mandy’s post about DNF book reviews, and it got me thinking about my own DNF habits. If you read Mandy’s post, you’ll notice she says she’s the Queen of Not Finishing Books. I just happen to be the opposite. I have only DNF’d six books in my entire life.

It’s not that I’m a miracle among readers, someone who magically loves almost every book I touch, turning it into a five-star read every time a book touches my fingers. It’s just that I have a pretty specific list of rules for DNF-ing a book, and I’ll read a book to the end if it doesn’t line up with these reasons, even if I don’t necessarily like it.

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Tuesday Tidbits #5- Use an outline to make blogging a bit easier

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you’ve all been having a great week so far!

Today’s Tidbit is something that I had to learn the hard way. When I first started blogging, I used to get pretty stressed out when it came time to actually write my posts. I loved brainstorming ideas, I loved reading books, but when it actually came time to write the reviews or discussion posts, my brain would lock up, and I would have no idea how to get what was in my head onto my laptop. If you’ve ever been through this, you know how frustrating it can be!

A great way to help get through this kind of “blogger’s block”, is to try coming up with a general outline for your posts. For example, When I write my book reviews, I use my 3-2-1 rule. I stick to three points. If it’s a mostly negative review, I’ll use two negative points and try to say at least one positive thing. If it’s a mostly positive review, I’ll rave about two awesome things, and then mention something that may turn some people off. It’s super simple, but helps me keep my thoughts organized before I even start typing!

For me, it takes a lot of the stress away, because when I sit down to write a post, I already know, generally, what it’ll look like, I just have to fill in the missing pieces. Plus, keeping it to a more general outline leaves room for creativity. I can know the basic structure of my post, but my readers won’t find my posts monotonous. It also allows for adjustments, so if I thought a book was particularly amazing, or maybe really problematic, I can break out of the outline without feeling completely lost without my “mold.”

So if you find that writing your blog posts can be a little stressful, try coming up with a general outline for each type of post you write. It helps make writing posts easier and faster!

Thanks for reading!

Have you ever felt a little “blogger block” when writing a post? How do you get over the stress to get the post written? Do you use a general outline for your posts, or has something else worked better for you? Let me know in the comments below!