Write like you talk unless you?re writing something other than fiction like a thesis for an English class, etc.. This especially applies when you write what a character says. Example: Don?t write ?I will.? Write I?ll. Don?t write ?you are? write you?re... Don?t write ?do not? write don?t. Write to the individual reader as if you?re peaking only to him/her.
Just because you write FOR the public doesn?t mean you write TO the public. You write to the individual reader. When reading your work, the reader thinks, ?I?m the only one reading this story. There are no others looking over my shoulder reading with me, so why do you write as if I am only one of many.?
Remember ?Spell Check? and similar grammar checkers are for proper English composition of scholarly writings?not for everyday language of individual readers. It?s OK to use them, but with these suggestions in mind.
While watching TV, Authur Godfrey, who was a master of speaking on radio and TV, once said to himself: ?There?s no ?ladies and gentlemen? here in this room with me. There?s only me!?
J. T. Price, Organizer (Chairperson)Dallas-Plano Science Fiction Fantas?