Into or In To?

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. In to/into is another of the instances where the English language likes to push words together to denote different meanings based on the context. Once again though, the problem is remembering which way … Continue reading Into or In To?

May be, Maybe?

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. If there’s one thing the English language loves doing it’s condensing words. It does this on the basis of context; theoretically, we learn that context and we can remember which variation it is, … Continue reading May be, Maybe?

Along and Awhile

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. Sometimes English grammar likes to throw us some interesting words such as along versus a long and awhile versus a while. Why does it do this? I don’t actually know. It’s entirely possible … Continue reading Along and Awhile

Establishing Relationships

Whether we’re writing new relationships or long-term ones we need to establish and develop them. Each relationship has its own jokes, shorthand, and history and we need to show this through what characters say and do. This is further complicated by the fact that characters in large friendship groups will interact with different friends in … Continue reading Establishing Relationships

Supporting the Network

Whether our characters are old friends or new friends, or a combination of both, it’s very possible that they will be part of a group. Sometimes this group remains mostly the same for the entire story, such as the crew of the original Star Trek television series, or sometimes it will have a core group … Continue reading Supporting the Network

The Long-Term Friendship

Where friends characters find along the way can present problems when we’re writing when characters have friends before the story begins this presents a different set of problems. The primary problem is backstory. However long these characters have been friends there will be a story of how they became friends, things they have done together, … Continue reading The Long-Term Friendship

Found Friends

Often, but not always, part of a story is about characters finding friends, whether it’s the two detectives partnered for the first time, a character going on a quest and meeting allies on the way, or, in some cases, the beginnings of a romantic relationship. In some ways these can be the trickiest friendships to … Continue reading Found Friends

Fictional Friendships

In the majority of stories protagonists will have or find friends who play important part in the story, the group of friends might even all be protagonists, such as The Fellowship of the Ring in The Lord of the Rings. Each character in the friendship should, theoretically, play a different role but this doesn’t mean … Continue reading Fictional Friendships