What better way to end the year than with a year in review type of post? And you know I like Top Ten lists, so I’m giving you my favorite posts for the year. I am not putting down anything from an article series. I had a few of those this year, such as an analysis of the movie The Natural, my novel Siciliana, and my favorite, on Anton Chekhov. I also left of any other Top Ten lists. If you missed any of these, I’m including a link to the articles.
10 “You Don’t Have To Waddle Any More” (Jan 27) – You are capable of much more than you give yourself credit (https://nealabbott.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/you-dont-have-to-waddle-any-more/)
9 “The Problems With Adverbs” (Jul 15) – The problem with adverbs is when to use them and when not to use them (https://nealabbott.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/the-problem-with-adverbs/)
8 “We Are All Lil Engines” (Apr 1) – Self-Doubt will kill any accomplishments you may achieve (https://nealabbott.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/we-are-all-lil-engines/)
7 “How To Create Interesting Characters” (Jan 14) – All truly interesting literary characters share certain things in common (https://nealabbott.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/how-to-create-interesting-characters/)
6 “How To Insure Your Writing Is Creative” (Apr 14) – In addition to interesting characters, we need to learn how to tell an interesting story (https://nealabbott.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/how-to-ensure-you-writing-is-creative/)
5 “Your Protagonist’s Needs” (Feb 24) – All of our heroes have certain needs that we need to provide (https://nealabbott.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/your-protagonists-needs/)
4 “Why Dogs Would Make The Best Novelists” (Jan 6) – Dogs are so great at everything else, why not novel writing? (https://nealabbott.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/why-dogs-would-make-the-best-novelists-3/)
3 “Deus Ex Machina, Or, Wouldn’t This Be A Good Time For A Piece Of Rhubarb Pie?” (May 26) – There is a right way and the wrong way to rescue our main characters at the end of our story (https://nealabbott.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/deus-ex-machina-or-wouldnt-this-be-a-good-time-for-a-piece-of-rhubarb-pie/)
2 “What Criminal Minds Has Taught Me About Creative Writing” (Apr 21) – Watching this great crime drama on television helped me as an author (https://nealabbott.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/what-criminal-minds-taught-me-about-creative-writing/)
1 “The Mount Rushmore Of Literature” (Jun 9) – What writers and which books deserve this honor? (https://nealabbott.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/the-mount-rushmore-of-literature/)
Did I leave anything out? What would you have added or omitted? Please share this article with others writers. I hope you enjoyed reading A WORD FITLY SPOKEN in 2014, and I look forward to blazing a new trail of words and stories with you next year.