Welcome to Larry Andrews' website.

Greetings and welcome to my blog spot.

I've written two novels since my retirement in 2008. The first is a romance, Songs of Sadness, Songs of Love. The second is an action/mysteryThe China-Africa Parallax: A Ryan and Gillian Mystery.

Among the textbooks I have written areLinguistics for L2 Teachers, Mahwah, NJ, Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, 2001; and Language Exploration and Awareness: A Resource Book for Teachers, 3rd edition, Mahwah, NJ, Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, 2006. This textbook was translated into Korean by Pagijong Press, Seoul, South Korea. 2010.

I am presently writing my third Ryan and Gillian novel, The Nathan Culper Brotherhood. You can follow my progress on novel #3 here at this blog site.

To order any of my titles please go either to nook.com or amazon.com (Kindle users can go to the Kindle Store.).

Monday, May 28, 2012

Write like a writer

If you want to be recognized as a "writer," there's no proscribed wardrobe, no preferred, or a sexy alias or pen name. Having published four textbooks and two novels, I have some advice for the aspiring writers. First, the basics. You must, you absolutely must know when and why to use the following items the way successful (that means published)writers use them:  it/it's, there/their/they're, to/two/too. Treat the languages with care and precision. In the last six weeks I've recorded these unconventional usages:   1. The nerve of the person who lives below Tom and I . . . 2. My son and I was conversing... 3. People allow "X" to run there life... 4. I probably should have went to a restaurant . . . Sentences like these will stop an editor from reading further in a manuscript. Any consideration of the  manuscript will end, full stop. "but I'm an informal blogger" is no excuse! "But I'm merely commenting on a book in goodreads, The Reading Room," and the like is no excuse! Writers who are recognized as writers write like writers, not 7th graders.

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