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Ok, Jeremy again. I have a few questions for you, Dorothy. By the way, I'm in the middle of reading your book Secret Sin of the Mothers, and it is fantastic! Now I am circling the words that I don't quite understand and learn to use them in the right context. But you said before I need a strong command on English Grammar. I am 17 years old and in High School so how would Ito get that strong command on English grammar? It may sound ridiculous for someone my age but I would really love to become a great writer. Maybe as good as you.

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Hello Jeremy,

First let me thank you for your high compliment on my first book.  Since it was my first, there are many improvements I will make if there ever is a new edition.  For the second, third and fourth, I read a marvelous little book called, "Getting The Words Right," by Theodore Cheney. The things I learned from him made these books much better than the first. This will help with your editing.

You can get all the rules of English grammar if you can find an old 12th grade English grammar textbook...the older the better. Even when you use bad grammar for certain characters it is necessary that you know the correct way things should be said. Probably on the internet you could find an old grammar textbook. I have been out of school for so long I don't know if they teach proper grammar now.  I have heard that schools do not consider correct grammar important. I hope I am wrong.  But I have noticed that many graduates of universities do not know correct grammar. Since you still in high school, you can ask your English teacher to help you.

For learning to write great prose read Michener. Read everything he ever wrote, but especially "Chesapeake."  Each writer has to discover how he writes best.  Some use outlines and some publishers or agents require them.  I do not use outlines. I never know what is going to happen until it happens. Often I am as surprised as the readers.  I sit down and write by the seat of my pants.

Stay in touch, Jeremy, and I will give you all the help I can.

Best wishes,
Dorothy

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Dorothy K Morris

Expertise

I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications
NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials
Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

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