Grammar Shorts: Make Your Writing Better Using These 3 Suggestions

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Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”
~Dorothy Parker~

By Jayne Bodell


When you use unnecessary words in your prose, you’re committing verbosity. At this point, I’m required to inform you of your writer’s rights. You have the right to remain silent. Any words you use can be used against you in the forum of Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or other forms of social media. If you choose to use these words, then you may have to pay for an editor. If you cannot afford an editor, one may be appointed to you.

Please don’t let the grammar police seize control of your computer. Try these suggestions. You’ll clean up your writing and never…

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Cricket, Sports

The cricketing legend : It was virtually an era when he played

Yesterday I saw a video clip of India’s 2002 Natwest series final against England in which Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh were instrumental in guiding India to a win.
In that match, Indian batting genius and a cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar fell early to Ashley Giles, who had earlier in a series in India also, had proved tough for Sachin.
I thought when Sachin played this match he had already been playing 13 years, and he went on to play for 11 more years.
That makes it 24, and suddenly that number struck me in my mind.

24 years with very few bad patches is a big achievement. May be there were matches when he could not do much to avoid India’s defeat.
Or, may be did not play as well as expected in some of the key matches.
Yet it now looks that when he was playing it was a different era altogether.
And there can be no player like Sachin. He has been a unique genius!


Paris : A Delectable Culinary Journey

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Image may contain: night, sky and outdoor The iconic Eiffel Tower in all its glory post sunset (Image Credit : Dipayan Ghosh)

Paris is often regarded as the world capital of fashion, architecture, music , food and the art of people-watching. Once you decide to look beyond the awe-inspiring enigmaof the famed Eiffel Tower and explore the alleys, corners and backstreetsof this French city, you would be able to see the ethereal beauty that Paris has on offer. Thus would begin a never-ending love affair with a city that is immersed in captivating elegance and enchanting grace!

Image may contain: 4 people Every corner of Paris resonates with musical notes (Image Credit : Dipayan Ghosh)

Paris has gorgeous weather all year through, and is a city where it is not uncommon to see stylishChanel-clad ladies in their Jimmy Choo high-heels , walk their well-bred poodles along the grand boulevards. Wherebeautiful people can hold your attention for hours as…

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Living a Golden Era? Are you a Serious Writer?

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By Peter B. Giblett

It is curious how many of us look back to yesteryear as some golden era, a time when things were perfect. For many writers of the current day, this may harken back to Paris of the 1920s when great writers like Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald were at home in the city’s Montparnasse district, spending time on the Left Bank – home of the great artistic people of that era. They were also friends of renowned artists, like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dalí. Just mentioning those names stirs such great possibilities, it is possible to see the conversations between reputed friends and rivals.

Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Leigh Bracket, Arthur C, Clarke, Bertram Chandler and others were at home creating Science Fiction’s golden age during the 1940s being active in that genre during a time of change, maturing in their craft. It was…

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Don’t Freak Out! How to Remain Calm in the Face of Word Count Requirements

Tackle your word count blues with these useful tips.

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By: Lisa Edwards

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Do word count requirements stress you out? I don’t know about you, but when I sit down to write something, I don’t like to think about how long it has to be, or in some cases, how short it needs to be. I prefer to write my first draft without thinking about word count at all. But it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes (okay, most of the time), writers have to play by the rules.

And that means you can’t go over the word count limit, or under the minimum.

I’ve learned through experience that if I don’t spend some time preparing and outlining my piece before I begin, I’ll have to do that much more editing after the fact to meet the word count requirements. Personally, I’d rather spend more time writing, but planning how to get your message across within the given word…

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Poetry Break: Sonnet V

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

Editor’s Note:

I just thought I’d share a quick anecdote about how we came to call our poetic posts a Poetry Break. My wife is a very smart but shy woman. And, she’ll kill me, but she’s a far better writer than I’ll ever be. She has a couple of published posts here, just search them out. When we were dating, despite her shy demeanor, she would often send me emails or texts with poems in them. When she did, she would title them – Poetry Break! It made poetry feel like it’s supposed to feel, like a beautiful distraction from the hustle and bustle 0f this crazy world. A peaceful interlude from concrete and capitalism. And now you know. 🙂

By Mark Cayou

A green eyed babe, too precious for this world,

Born unto Heaven, needed by the Lord.

Let trumpets resound, banners be unfurled!

Moments with her mama…

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Action and Thriller, Fiction

Operation Whitewaters: The Wrath of the Unknown Enemy – Part VII

“The mission’s aim is to intercept and neutralize neighbouring Xanade country’s rogue terror groups, who are aided by some people in their armed forces, who aim to capture parts of our Atacaq, Colt-I and II islands, and then attack our naval bases……………..”

A crack team of Army and Intelligence officers are ready to embark on a dangerous mission.
Wanna check out? Do read:

Operation Whitewaters: The Wrath of the Unknown Enemy – Part VII


The Non-Fiction Contract

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A Note from the Editor:

I’m happy to publish this post today from a friend of the site, Peter Giblett, who won’t brag on himself but was instrumental in the creation of this blog early on. Welcome back Peter, we hope you’ll write more posts here in the future.

Kind regards, Scott 

By Peter Giblett

“Part of writing non-fiction means making a commitment to telling the truth.” Prof. Tilar J. Mazzeo of Colby College.

Part of the challenge for writers is the distinction between writing fictional and factual works. Fiction is written using imagined situations, but fictional stories may also spring from real events and involve real people. When writers present factual stories, told as non-fiction they must stay, wholly, in the realm of reality. There is a fine line between the two, explored here.

The Non-Fiction Contract

This is a basic agreement between the writer and the reader that…

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Corporate Trends

The Growing disparity in what Top Managements at Companies get and what common Co. Employees get

Recently, in India, we have seen a lot of debate and controversy in one of its top IT company Infosys over paying of a generous severance package to a Top exiting Manager.
NarayanMurthy, one of the founders and owner of the Company, who was till recently the CEO has raised concern. Yet, another camp maintains that this is an industry wide practice.
Now, this has been a practice not only in India, but in United States, some European countries, Japan as well as China where the top Management walks away with hefty bonuses and packages. Yet, the lower and even middle rung of employees have been struggling with low or no pay increases, barring a few.
And no, not all of those employees are mediocre, or bad performers.

Sometimes, even 1 raters and star performers are getting much below what they deserve.
When they raise the concern, they are pacified by saying that they should look more in terms of satisfying and great work, that client satisfaction ought to be their priority, and that one should not always talk in money terms.
Oh, its so laughable!
Why don’t any of the top managers say that – “Hey, I do want good renumeration. I do like good bonus, but I would distribute 5% (or some other x%) of what I have got to my employees, whose sweat and sacrifices make the day for my company!”
In the past too, we have seen CEOs living on a token amount.
This is not to say that a CEO takes just $10 or Rs.10,000/- per year from his or her company’s payrolls, but there ought to be a better distribution and not as skewed as it is today.

What do you say?


Daily Engagement: What is this?

Daily Engagement is a new, brief, daily feature on Flavorwire. It’s aimed at helping people feel somewhat less helpless and hopeless (or at least in control of their helplessness and hopelessness) in the midst of a political news cycle that’s been doling out daily affronts to human decency. Every day, we’ll post one easy thing that people can…

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