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Defying Mrs. Grundy.

Irony at its best.

I get a chuckle out of contemplating how writing gurus and publishing gatekeepers, by their sourpuss anathematizing of the adverb as an unnecessary part of speech, and by their stigmatizing proverbs, colloquialisms and idioms as “clichés” (all of which writers are told they must avoid using, or expunge from their writing), unwittingly transform themselves into poster children for the ultimate idiomatic expression: “Mrs. Grundy.”

If the Grundyists of the wordsmith world had their way, all writing would be as drab and unfocused as a week of winter rainstorms.

Proverbs, colloquialisms and idioms developed over millennia of communication. They paint pictures in the mind which are based on real human experience, thereby fostering reader empathy for fictional characters. In this way, they bring vibrant color to dialogue, in a manner which no amount of “turning the air blue” with profanity and obscenity can do.

 

No matter where their origins, or what language they speak, everyone comes up with these gems. I studied Hiberno-English usage when I wrote Irish Firebrands. Now, I’m  studying German idioms as part of the research for my work-in-progress, The Passions of Patriots, a prelude to my first novel (in which a character had discovered an ancestor’s involvement in the First World War). I’m impressed by the imaginative ways Germans have developed to express the experiences that occur in all people’s lives.

It’s not for nothing that the Bible admonishes, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). The familiar phrases that are used in every language are also like highly polished precious metals which can adorn our writing like beautifully wrought antique jewellery.

What are some of your favorite sayings?
Have you used proverbs, colloquialisms, and idioms in your writing?
If you write fantasy which has an imaginary language, does it have traditional sayings your characters use?

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A Good Opportunity to Stock Up on Books!

Considering how much shipping usually costs, this could be a chance to get your whole next year’s gift shopping done! 🙂

Other Indie authors who publish via Lulu are welcome to comment below, so readers may find their works, too, while benefiting from these savings.

(And yes, you do see 26 autograph books!)

 

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Cover Reveal: New Gift Book for Children!

Autograph Book for Kids Coming in 2017:

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Autograph books made their debut in Europe more than 500 years ago. They are prized by collectors, historians and genealogists. Children can practice this ancient tradition with Autographs: A Keepsake Album (Kids’ Edition).

quill_psf_vector-svgWhen so much interaction takes place via keyboard, mouse, touch pad, swipe screen, and digital “signatures,” children need more encouragement than ever to practice their penmanship, and autograph books can help. The seven historical signatures in the book can help stimulate interest in the past. There are creative coloring opportunities, too.

If you’re looking for an educational children’s gift book that has the potential to become a lifelong-prized possession, consider Autographs: A Keepsake Album (Kids’ Edition).

Watch for the Teen/Adult Editions, too! 🙂

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