July Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our July meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Fort Davis Public Library in Fort Davis, TX. If you wish to carpool from Alpine, meet us in the Big Bend Telephone parking lot before we depart at 6:30 pm.

Program: “Characterization” (See President Ramblings below for more information.)

President Ramblings

Hey fellow friends and writers,

June’s summer session discussion went well. Marian and Anne provided us with information about science fiction or fantasy worlds and we went from there.  As an outgrowth of that, we decided to talk about characterization in July.  The meeting will be at the  Ft. Davis library, on July 24, at 7 pm.  It would be good to bring articles you like about characterization, also examples from your own work or work that you like by other authors.  The club will provide refreshments and if you wish to carpool from Alpine, be at the Big Bend Telephone parking lot at 6:30.

LAST MINUTE REMINDER:  The Writers’ League of Texas Summer Writing Retreat will be next week in ALPINE!  (July 22-27).  The cost is $299 for WLT members and remember that the TMTW is willing to give some scholarship help to members.  For more information:  check out the WLT website:  www.writersleague.org  and click on 2012 Summer Writing Workshops.


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Demystifying Writers’ Demons
One by One – by Joan Upton Hall

USAGE—Indefinite Pronouns (number agreement)

• Pronouns that end in body or one have traditionally been considered singular (anybody, anyone, everybody, everyone, somebody, someone, no one, nobody). This means they require singular pronoun reference and singular verb form.
“Someone is coming. Do you see him?” (generic him not them)
“Anybody is welcome to ask his or her questions.” (his or her, not their)

• Often, however, the sense of the sentence is definitely plural. In recent times, credible media sources have come to use they or them references.
“Everyone in the class understands, so they need no further explanation.”
“Everybody was allowed to park their cars in a neighboring lot.”

• Even when meaning is clearly singular, the word “they” may take on singular usage if doing otherwise sounds awkward.
“Somebody already volunteered, didn’t they?” (“they” sounds smoother than “he or she”)
“Anyone may avoid the issue by changing the word ‘Anyone’ to ‘People.’” (plural)

Note: Garner comments: “Disturbing as these developments may be to purists, they’re irreversible, and nothing that a grammarian says will change them.”

Do demons bedevil your writing? Similar, confusing words? Grammar, punctuation, or capitalization rules? “The Demystifier” will clear up the mystery (primary reference unless otherwise noted: Garner, Bryan A. Dictionary of Modern American Usage. N.Y.: Oxford University Press). Address questions and comments to freelance editor, Joan Upton Hall at: . More problems like the one above are demystified in the booklet, 50 Writers’ Tips. Find a few of them at http://www.joanuptonhall.com/books.htm.

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