Speaker Tags in Your Writing...


As always I’ve been reading about writing and especially focusing on grammar and punctuation.

I thought this snippet might be interesting to share with you.
Classic Mistake
It’s about speaker tags and using commas to separate the speaker from the speech, here it is,
...but as a reminder, you cannot “sigh,” “cough,” “frown,” or “nod” speech.

It is incorrect to write:
“I’m tired,” she sighed.
Check out that comma.
You can write: “I’m tired,” she said with a sighor “I’m tired.” She sighed.

And just to give credit where credit is due. This came from C.S. Larkin at Live Write Thrive. You can visit to read the full article there.

Interesting, huh?

Zak - Always learning more about grammar and punctuation.

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Writing: Money or Fame?

What do you want from your writing?

Money or fame?


OR, the opportunity to be creative?

Money? Thought so.

*If only it was a perfect world*

For a lot of us our longing to be imaginative creative writers slides away and towards the need to make a living. Yep, it's that money thing again. 

How can your writing make money?

Whatever you choose there are consequences along the way. I guess we all have to make a living and for some this is a more pressing problem.

Unfortunately we can’t all be fiction writers. Apparently fiction doesn’t pay too well unless you are Stephen King or J K Rowling and happen (to do a heap of work) to jag a great Publishing opportunity.

So what is a writer to do?

Firstly you need to decide what type of writing you want to do and whether you goal is money or pleasure. 

Are you prepared to prostitute yourself into any form of writing?

Unfortunately not everything you want to write about will pay an income. So carefully decide what type of writing you want to do and stick with it. This is called a niche (as you may well already know).

Once you decide on your niche you need to look at the areas you can submit to. These may include magazines usually nonfiction: trade journals and consumer magazines.

You then need to decide which magazine you want to write for and research whether they pay for articles or not. 

The next step is to get familiar with the type of articles the magazine will publish and read their guidelines on how to submit.

This is very important. Read and follow their guidelines.

Yes, it’s work and it’s not the part of being a writer that many enjoy but in order to get your writing submitted and published it's part of the process that needs to be adhered to completely.

That’s enough work for one day.

Happy submitting!

If you get yourself published please remember to come back and share your good news and of course a link to your article. After all, if you want to keep getting paid for your articles you will need readers'  ;)

PS: Remember to follow this blog!

Zak - Submitting to magazines starts today

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No Desire/Time To Write ~ Here's What You Do (Five Days and only 26 Minutes)......

Do you struggle to find time to write?

Do you want to write more often?

Here's a simple thing to do to make it happen.

Writer Beware ® Blogs!: Guest Post: Dear Agent -- Write the Letter That Sells Your Book

This would have to be one of the best most concise blog posts on pitching your novel I have seen in years and I had to share it with you all.

It takes a lot for me to get excited and to actually get excited enough to make a post...

Okay that's probably a bit not true. I know that you know I am predisposed to excitability that's if you know me well enough.

Here's the place to go to read this great post on the pitch paragraph or writing up query letters or whatever other term you want to use for sucking people into wanting to desperately read your novel.

 Writer Beware ® Blogs!: Guest Post: Dear Agent -- Write the Letter That Sells Your Book:

In other words if you want to sell your novel you need to know how to do this and this article will be a great help.

Good luck!
I hope you get published real soon and let me know when you do.

This post was written by Zak especially for Sage Doyle.

Check her blog out here:  SageDoyle~ A Sort of Blog

Zak is happiest when helping other writers get published :)

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Here's the Latest Entry.


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