An “I Love Words” Post + #ROW80 Update

Yesterday, our ROW80 fearless leader, Kait Nolan, posted about words writers should be embarrassed to mistake

I laughed all day long about Voila vs. Walla. I’ve seen “walla” a few times and never had a clue what it meant. Go to Kait’s post if you want a good chuckle.

Julie Glover also has fantastic posts on words and language in her Amazing Words Wednesday series – I definitely recommend you check these out.

Like any other writer, I LOVE words – reading about them, writing them, pondering them, discussing them. I’d pretty much bathe in words all day long if I could get away with it.

My readers here at More Cowbell know, I’ve got an enquiring mind. Since I’ve been asked to correct “enquiring” with “inquiring” on more than one occasion, I figured I’d take a moment to analyze the difference.

(FYI, I avoid “inquiring” as often as possible – it’s waaaay more work than “enquiring.”)

One of my favorite sites, gave this summary:

  1. Enquiry means asking a question, and inquiry is a formal investigation.
  2. The prefix ‘en’ comes from French, and ‘in’ from Latin.
  3. Enquiry is a request for truth, knowledge or information, whereas an inquiry is an investigation into something.
  4. Enquiry is preferred in British English, whereas the Americans are more comfortable with inquiry.
  5. In spite of there being a clear distinction in the meanings of the two terms, people often use them interchangeably.

The entire article can be found here.

On to my ROW80 progress…Here’s my Goals for Round 3:

Complete Candace Havens’ July 7th Fast Draft course.

I’m still hanging on by my fingernails in Candy’s class and am delighted that we’re going into the revision stage, which is why I really needed the class. I’m gathering all of my pregnancy memoir scribblings into one place and I need to refine it into a cohesive book so my Writers In The Storm critiquers can have at it.

Finish the first draft of my pregnancy memoir and submit it to my critique group. (As you can see, this is dependent on goal #1)

A minimum of 1K/day on my fiction OR non-fiction WIPs the entire round.

I’ve actually done this one, all but a few days. The writing is going well now that it’s a habit and I’m allowing myself to write on either book, rather than forcing myself to stick with the non-fiction when it’s feeling like I’m running through mud.

Learn how to make gluten-free bread.

I plan to try this one after the RWA conference. (Click here for RWA Conference details!) I’ve got some house guests I’ll be shuttling to and from the conference and I’m gonna be busy.

Read 1 craft book this round.

I’ve got James Scott Bell, Les Edgerton, Chris Vogler and Blake Snyder sitting at the top of this pile. Those are all some hot Craft guys!! I’m leaning toward Chris or Blake with “The Writer’s Journey” or “Save the Cat.” Any recommendations about who goes first??

Encourage at least 2 new ROW80 writers each Sunday.

This is a snap! These are always amazing, brave, fun writers and I love getting to meet new ones each week. If you want to encourage your fellow ROW80 teammates, or add yourself to the linky tool, go here.

So how is the writing week going for you? What was your biggest success or challenge? What’s your opinion on the craft book? Are you more of an “inquirer” or an “enquirer?” We’d love to hear about it!


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30 Responses to An “I Love Words” Post + #ROW80 Update

  1. Jody Moller says:

    Walla…hehehe Am going to read Kait’s post right now. I think us Aussies tend to use Enquiry. Sounds like all you goals are going really well. Have fun at RWA.


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I read that those who use a more British/King’s English all use “enquiry.” Fascinating stuff to us writers, eh? You are going to laugh your guts out at Kait’s post. 🙂


  2. Good luck with the revision, Jenny! Kait’s post sounds really fun. Thanks for sharing.

    I once read some of the very first stories I wrote in English when I was 17 and not that good with the language. I was mortified when I realized I had consistently spelled about as aboat.

    And another time an English friend burst into laughter when we talked about our strenghts and I said to him that I was orally talented. I meant verbally of course 😛


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Reetta, you made hubby and I roar with laughter over coffee this morning with your “oral talent.” That is AWESOME! And trust me, your English comes across perfectly now. What was your first language?


  3. Shah Wharton says:

    Jenny – I will stop by those links. Inquire or enquire? I think I use them interchangeably – I’ll be sticking to the latter now though. I cannot even think of an appropriate use for the former off hand? Good luck revising – I’m almost at the end of applying edits to 400 pages – it’s been a long and traumatic ride *groan*. Then beta readers… I may be terrified :?/ XX


  4. LauraDrake says:

    Jen, Do ‘Save the Cat’ first – that one was a revelation to me, and you know I’m a die-hard pantster. Congrats on finding a tool to get you through the ‘mud!’


  5. Good morning! Yawn. What a nice post to wake up to. I think your goals are great. Today, my plan is to complete Draft 1 of my WIP. I can’t believe I’ve written 415 pages. Just a few more to go and then I’ll send it to my critique partner for edits. Then I’ll revise (again) and send to betas! So excited to be moving toward my dream.


  6. Emma says:

    Enquiring and inquiring are tough ones! As soon as I get off the internet, I have 1000 words to do for my WIP. Good luck with your goals, Jenny.


  7. I’d suggest Save the Cat first. It’s a much quicker read, so you’ll get that sense of accomplishment before diving into a longer one.


  8. Gene Lempp says:

    I’m with Marcy, Save the Cat is a faster read. Writers Journey will build off of that nicely because as you read it you’ll start to see how each piece of the Journey fits into Cat’s structural/beat system. Symbiotic, I think.

    Have a great week, Jen 🙂


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      OK, my heart’s pumping a little faster after this comment. I understand the hero’s journey, but I REALLY want to be able to use it with the beat sheets. Now I’m all fired up!!


  9. I use the words interchangeably. However, it seems that if you are an enquirer you would also be an inquirer because a person wouldn’t enquire for the sake of enquiring. It would lend to something more, an inquiry, which I believe the ultimate investigation would be of self. To me all paths lead to a better understanding of self and that fuels action, etc…. but hey, I think I’m going off on a tangent and/or I’m sleep deprived. I’ll be looking into the craft books you mentioned. Thanks. Good luck this week!


  10. I love Save The Cat — it has so many insights because it takes a sideways view of things like genre and approach. Totally different perspective. (Also very practical.)

    I’ve been reading a lot of pulp from over a hundred years ago lately, and I notice that enquire and inquire have been used interchangeably for a century. (Also, back then, they used “indorse” and “endorse” interchangeably. I’d never seen “indorse” used before.)


  11. pencildancer says:

    Save the Cat is genius.
    visiting from ROW80


  12. Juliana Haygert says:

    I vote for Blake Snyder! lol Actually, on Tuesday I’ll start a series of posts about the beatsheet from his book 😉
    You’re going to the RWA? I’m jealous! If it wasn’t on the other side of the country, I would go lol
    Have a great week!


  13. Julie Glover says:

    To be completely honest, I got a little chuckle out of people asking you to change “enquiring.” It is wonderful that people are looking for these things, though. Thanks for the shout-out!

    I am reading Vogler’s Journey; however, I set it aside to read James Scott Bell’s Revision & Self-Editing. Having read Plot & Structure and now this one, I really like the way Bell explains concepts and demonstrates with examples. He breaks it down well. Great week, Jenny! Best wishes.


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