Living Write

Who Wants to Be a Better Writer

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Click to purchase this cute card holder!In this post-modern world where everyone is encouraged to express their opinion to the universe—in 140 characters or less on occasion—we should all strive to be better at articulating our thoughts in writing.

I laugh along with everyone else at the cartoons about the Grammar Police and the proper use of “there, their, and they’re,” but why is it funny? When did poor grammar become a joke?

I recently was interviewed about a fundraising event our writers’ group is hosting. It’s sad to think that we needed a fundraiser. Why would a non-profit organization that promotes better writing not be filled to the brim with members? You can’t throw a stick without hitting a blogger.  Most people do some sort of writing every day in their job.

Whether one writes reports, articles, direct mail copy, blogs, marketing material, novels, instructional pieces, web copy, emails or even personal correspondence by hand (gasp!), it’s important to present oneself as an intelligent person.  We rely on spell-check and grammar correcting programs too much.

Being part of a group that teaches when to use “further” instead of “farther” helps to make you a better writer. It makes for better reading, too. It’s not about looking like a smarty-pants. It’s about making the reader’s experience more enjoyable or more informative, without making them get out a red pen to correct you.

When a reader decides they know more than you, they stop reading. Period. Your article, blog, instructions, or story is no longer relevant to their needs.

If you’re a writer (and you certainly are) join a writers’ group. Take a class. Learn, grow, and improve. If you’re the one who already knows it all, then join a group to help others. Please. The universe needs you.

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My Life is Changing

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This last year has brought change to my household. In the last twelve months I have lost a father-in-law, gained a daughter-in-law, become a published author, started booking speaking engagements, and on and on. I’m a busy gal these days.

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Lydia, Woman of Purple

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My debut novel is now available on amazon!

Lydia, Woman of Purple

It’s a man’s world… 

… and Lydia lives and works in the heart of it. Selling luxurious purple in a Roman trade city, she watches the people struggle to preserve their decaying empire through devotion to pale, lifeless gods of stone and myth. 

Followers of The Way arrive and share with Lydia and the citizens of Philippi a powerful new message of love and redemption. 

Caught in the middle is Marcus, Lydia’s young cousin whom she raised as her own. Marcus searches for truth in a world of deceit. Seduced by the ways of Rome, he questions the promise of hope through Jesus of Nazareth. 

Can Lydia survive in this man’s world and help Marcus choose the correct path? 

“Lydia, Woman of Purple” by Kimberly Black, Buoy Up Press