Sunday, June 13, 2010

Horror Stories

If you're thinking about writing a horror story, but don't know how to create the suspense,try this technique.
First,don't read the long rather turgid descriptions of authors like Stephen King, his descriptive passages can be boring, I find.
  Remember the saying,"all you have to fear, is fear itself".Then get inside the character who is petrified and describe what he/she is thinking, feeling and seeing.The way this character SEES things will be different to the way things are in reality.Fear changes perceptions,sometimes creating hallucinations,for example,but to the character,these are so terrifyingly real.
  Give this a try and see how you do.Let me know if it works for you.

Common Mistakes

Are you confused about the usage of  'there' and 'their'? Then you are not alone. Let me explain: There is an adverb of place.For example: "Put the book over there on the table under the window."
One of the most common uses of  there is at the beginning of a sentence;eg.There is a new student in our class.Often students forget this simple construction and try to use complex language to express such a simple grammatical structure.eep it simp;e.That way,you make fewer mistakes.
  Their, on the other hand, is the 3rd person plural possessive pronoun,in other words,it shows that something belongs to 'them'.Eg.,Their ball is stuck on the roof.
  Their doesn't follow normal spelling rules.The rule,i before e except after c, is not applicable.Their,is an exception to this rule.You can remember it by thinking that it's like the with an ir added.
   This is such a common mistake and so often confused that even native speakers get it wrong.But it's All Right,now you cand Write it correctly!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


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