October 15, 2017
Just because something gets repeated over and over doesn't mean it's true.
It also doesn't mean that it's good grammar/style/usage.
Here are two (well, three, really) of my current least-favorite turns of phrase:
"ISO of" - as in the social media posting "ISO of plumbe...
September 17, 2017
When I talk about the work that I do and mention to people that most of my time is currently taken up working on book-length manuscripts, I often am met with "So do you work on shorter things?"
I understand how this could come up if we were talking about writing, becau...
July 16, 2017
I debated for a while on what to call this post. To give you an idea of what we'll be discussing, here are two of my other options:
Yep. We're talking about unfortunate font/graphic/space choices that can truly alter how your reader sees (and...
July 2, 2017
I've been working with authors for a long time - probably close to a decade on at least a semi-professional basis, but really all the way back to college - in creative writing courses as well as just helping out friends as they wrote papers.
I'm part of the gener...
June 25, 2017
I truly love how words sound.
I love the word serendipity, which makes me think of sudden joy.
And the word ephemeral makes me momentarily all happy and warm.
Cozy sounds just . . . well . . . cozy, and spelunking sounds like it will include dripping water in mysterious c...
June 11, 2017
I know I've mentioned many times that Spellcheck should be considered a "frenemy" because it doesn't always catch obvious errors.
Unfortunately, once you get really used to having Spellcheck in all of your documents, you tend to forget that it doesn't check the spellin...
Writing 101: Memoirs and Holidays
December 3, 2017
Editing 101: When Editors and Authors Collide
October 29, 2017
Writing 101: We Are All the Caretakers of Our Language
Writing 101: Working with a Thesaurus Can Be Scary
October 1, 2017
Proofreading 101: No Job Too Small (or too "Hugh")
Editing 101: If the Shoe *Doesn't* Fit
September 3, 2017
Bad, Spellcheck! Bad! (aka sleeping on the job)
August 27, 2017
Writing 101: Use Your Words (Wisely)
August 13, 2017
Editing 101: I Am Not a "That" (and neither are you)
August 6, 2017
Writing 101: Be Careful when Slinging Slang
July 23, 2017
Publishing 101: Font Smatter
The Answer to the Editing Question You're Too Afraid to Ask
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