Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lesson 6: Italics- when to use them

Hey guys! Today's words of advice are about italics. Have you ever asked yourself where you should use italics in your stories? I'm here to answer that!

Ok, so normally you either use italics to:

  • emphasize a particular word (ex. Mr. Scott wanted me to go up and present!?)
  • write a word in a foreign language (ex. "Buongiorno!" he said joyfully.)
  • when isolating the use of a single letter (ex. I often type w when I meant to type e)
  • 'free-standing' titles of books, movies, etc. (ex. Yesterday I did a book report on Magick)

CAUTION: Italics may be over-used. In a single paragraph, no more than a sentence or several words be italicized, never the whole paragraph.

Some authors choose only to use italics for the previous reasons, but others continue to go further.

Let's take a look at using italics in the different perspectives:

  1. First-person POV: only use italics for the above reasons.
  2. Second-person POV: only use italics for the above reasons.
  3. Third-person POV: italics can be used to quote a thought from a particular character. In this case, thoughts must be in the first-person (ex. Maria loved how she looked in her new dress. Wow, this dress really makes my figure look slim, and my legs look so much longer!)
I hope this information helped all of you, as I know doing the research helped me!
Here and here were where I found all my information about italics, I also used a bit of my own knowledge :D

Hope this helps!

-Zemmzemm :P

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Poll is over....

Ok, readers, the results are in.... 3 voted for book review, and 2 for interview an author. Well, guess what? We'll do both!

-Zemmzemm XD


As of today, I am now a published author! Awesome, right?

Friday, January 06, 2012

EEK! Guess What?

Ok, since I said one of the options for a new kind of post was an "interview an author" post, guess who I asked. Guess, guess! Ok, I'll tell you. I asked Sarah Prineas, author of the award-winning Magic Thief series and Winterling! Isn't that awesome! I asked her, and she accepted! So, in a short time, you'll be getting an interview post starring Sarah Prineas!

I'm sorry to spoil the surprise, but I'm so excited that I'm interviewing her, I couldn't contain my excitement! Eek!



One Week Left!

Hey guys!

One week left to vote on the poll about which post should be posted next! If you'd like to suggest something, leave a comment, and I'll get back to you. So far, 2 people have voted for a book review post, and 1 person has voted for an interview an author post. Remember, I'll post all the options that receive at least 1 vote, so vote for your favourite!



Monday, January 02, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everybody! All the best for 2012! May your writing inspire others, and grow ever stronger as you write more and more every day. I hope this year will be a good year for you, in writing, finances, health, happiness... everything!

I wish you all the best,


P.S Don't let the theory of the world ending keep you from enjoying yourself!