Apostrophe Usage Made Simple

Written by Michael LaRocca

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In ON WRITING, Stephen King swears it's LaRoccas's. When I was a student, my teachers swore it was LaRoccas'. As an editor, I've heardrepparttar first was US standard andrepparttar 148189 second was UK standard. Andrepparttar 148190 answer is, I don't care. Just be consistent.

I once met an editor who said thatrepparttar 148191 spelling determines pronunciation. She's an idiot. Spelling isn't all pronunciation. It's also history. I'll say LaRoccas-zz whether it's LaRoccas' or LaRoccas's. So will you.

Jump up five paragraphs and readrepparttar 148192 seventh word. Noun. Note that I didn't write pronoun. Just for fun,repparttar 148193 rule for pronouns and apostrophes is completely different.

It's is a contraction for "it is" and its is possessive. Who's is a contraction for "who is" and whose is possessive. There's is a contraction for "there is" and theirs is possessive. Etc. Possessive pronouns never use apostrophes. Its, whose, your, yours, their, theirs...

And there you have it. Apostrophe usage made simple.

Michael LaRocca's website at http://www.chinarice.org was chosen by WRITER'S DIGEST as one of The 101 Best Websites For Writers in 2001 and 2002. His response was to throw it out and start over again because he's insane. He teaches English at a university in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, and publishes the free weekly newsletter WHO MOVED MY RICE?

Awesome Ending

Written by Lea Schizas

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Does this affect your plot downrepparttar line? In certain circumstances, yes. For example:

Bruce is a studious clean-cut senior high school student. He’s portrayed asrepparttar 148121 ‘geek’ for most ofrepparttar 148122 story, not a main character at all. Thenrepparttar 148123 writer decides to spruce things up and throws a dare at Bruce. Bruce accepts. He takes his friend’s ID and goes to a ‘Rave’. Big mistake, but a twist forrepparttar 148124 reader. The ‘Rave’ is raided, Bruce ends up in jail because his friend is wanted byrepparttar 148125 police and he’s holdingrepparttar 148126 fake id. He escapes and now tries to clear his name that somehow has crept intorepparttar 148127 police files. A sedate YA high school book has now turned into a suspense novel all because of a character reversal.

When writing up your character(s) sketch, try to include opposite reactions, as well. By doing this, you can easily plot foreshadowing more convincingly ahead ofrepparttar 148128 game.

Remember that fiction is often, if not allrepparttar 148129 time, crafted out of real people, real situations or real events. So think of a ‘real’ person and envision his reaction to several possible finales to a ‘dilemma’. Then start craftingrepparttar 148130 ending with one of these ‘reactions’ while dropping subtle hints to a totally different ending than what your reader is expecting. Try to use this character reversal for a completely out of this world ‘awesome ending.’

Make sure your story propels forward, making your reader want to turnrepparttar 148131 page. Bungee jump them out of a plane into a secret path that will drive them torepparttar 148132 finish line.

This article is copyrighted. Can be reprinted in its entirety with Author’s Byline. Author’s Bio: Lea Schizas is Founder and Co-founder of 2 Writer’s Digest 101 Best Writing Sites of 2005 and recipients of the Preditors and Editors Award: Apollo’s Lyre and The MuseItUp Club. For more information on Lea Schizas, link here: http://leaschizasauthor.tripod.com

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