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YourQuote Baba 13 JUL 2017 AT 17:08

Here are some commonly misspelt words:

1. Lose & loose: Loose means not tight. Lose signifies loss.

2. Your and you're: your implies possession akin to someone's whereas you're stands for you are.

3. To Date, Not Till Date: This is the best grammar advice to date. Till date is colloquial and wrong.

4. Anyway, Not Anyways: Anyway stands for anyhow. Imagine saying anyhows. Sounds silly, right?

5. It's and its: it's stands for it is. Its stands for possession like his or her. e.g. A good startup is one that knows its shit, not one that knows it's shit. 😅

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YourQuote Baba 4 JUL 2017 AT 15:12

Today's writing tips are from 3 great writers:

1. "Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. If you have the knack of playing with exclaimers the way Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful." — Elmore Leonard

2. "Always carry a note-book. Or YQ. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper (or a wallpaper) you can lose an idea for ever." — Will Self & YQ Baba

3. Show, Not Tell: "Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." – Anton Chekhov

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YourQuote Baba 16 JUL 2017 AT 15:58

Today's writing tip is on the opening lines of prose or poems by one of the greatest living writers, Stephen King:

“An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” King’s discussion of opening lines is compelling because of his dual focus as an avid reader and a prodigious writer of fiction-he doesn’t lose sight of either perspective:

"We’ve talked so much about the reader, but you can’t forget that the opening line is important to the writer, too. To the person who’s actually boots-on-the-ground. Because it’s not just the reader’s way in, it’s the writer’s way in also, and you’ve got to find a doorway
that fits us both."

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YourQuote Baba 6 JUL 2017 AT 15:48

Today's writing tips are from 3 great writers:

1. "If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time — or the tools — to write. Simple as that." – Stephen King

2. "Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be." – Mark Twain

3. "Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college." – Kurt Vonnegut

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YourQuote Baba 2 JUL 2017 AT 15:18

Dear Future Nobel Laureates,

As you are busy writing stories for #YQtales, here are some tips to keep your writing crisp and storytelling powerful.

1. Think Of The End First: the weight of a story/script lies in how you end it. Make sure you really think your last line through. The end might change once you reach but it's important to think of an end beforehand to make the storytelling and plot coherent.

2. "Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action." – Kurt Vonnegut

3. "Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there." — Anton Chekhov (Google 'Chekhov's Gun')

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YourQuote Baba 23 MAY 2017 AT 15:42

Today's Writing Gyaan:

SHOW, NOT TELL: This is perhaps the most important rule for writing stories. Show, not tell implies that as a writer you will describe things in a way that makes readers know the emotions without you having explicitly told it.

E.g. If I have to tell that: My father was very happy to see me, here are the two ways.

TELL: My father was ecstatic to see me.
SHOW: My father came running towards me and lifted me in his arms.

Note how the show version prefers using verbs instead of adjectives. Adjectives and adverbs are often preferred by lazy writers. So try to use verbs instead as often as you can.

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YourQuote Baba 27 MAY 2017 AT 13:51


This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety.

Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.

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YourQuote Baba 29 MAY 2017 AT 16:20

How To Use Question Tags?

Tags are very common in spoken English, and have many functions. Question Tags are generally used following a statement to confirm.

e.g. It's 9 o' clock already, isn't it? ✔
You live in Delhi, isn't it? ❌
You live in Delhi, don't you? ✔

Question tags have a similar purpose as the tag, "right?" A lot of us, especially who are bilingual, wrongly use "isn't it" all throughout, borrowing on to the uniform version "है कि नहीं" and respective catchphrases in other languages. Sadly, English doesn't work like that. Every line has to have its own question tag. More below in caption.

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YourQuote Baba 29 APR 2017 AT 14:22

Today's writing lessons:

1. LOOSE VS. LOSE: Loose means not tight. Lose signifies loss. Lose the extra O to signify loss.

2. USE COMPARATIVES & SUPERLATIVES CAREFULLY:
More better, more taller, most highest. ❌
Taller implies more tall. Adding more before it makes it redundant i.e. more taller = more more tall, which is futile. Use more and most when the word cannot be suffixed with -er and -est. Like more beautiful or more intelligent. ✔

3. One of the XYZs: whenever you are using the phrase "one of the", follow it with the plural form of the noun as it implies you are choosing one among many. E.g. One of the "writers" on YQ is published.

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YourQuote Baba 21 APR 2017 AT 15:02

Dear Writers,

Time for some etymology lessons. Etymology is the study of the root of words. Today's root word is -cred which stands for belief. Here are some words with this root:

1. Credible: Believable.
2. Incredible: Unbelievable.
3. Credulous: someone who believes too easily. Synonyms: Gullible, naive, artless.
4. Incredulous: someone who doesn't believe easily. Synonyms: Rigid, skeptic.
5. Creditable: someone who is believable or trustworthy enough to give money.
6. Credence: belief in something as true. e.g. psychoanalysis finds little credence among laymen.

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