Writing & Editing Tips

Editing and Writing

Read Your Own Comments Before Clicking “Post”

The XKCD web comic highlights a problem we’ve probably all noticed — and perpetuated — in comments we add to sites like YouTube, Facebook, or even on newspaper articles and blogs. This is kind of a wakeup call we should all pay attention to: I found this comic through the Learn Your Damn Homophones site.…
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How to Tell When a Speaker Isn’t Thinking, and How Not to Become That Speaker

Here’s a word of advice if you are ever the subject of an interview: Have a conversation, not a recital.

Push the Plot Forward

You can’t insert characters or events into your story just because you “like them.” They have to have a reason for existing

The Oatmeal Clarifies Misspelled Words

…and, you know, kind of does my job for me! 🙂 But this is a great summary of a lot of words people constantly misspell or use in the wrong places. (Notice that I said “a lot”? This page is very firm, and very correct, when it says ‘Alot” is not a word.) Whether you…
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Why You Need an Editor

If you want your information to get out there and really engage people, a good editor should not be your last resort — but your first!

Twitter Chats for Writers

You’d be surprised at the resources you can find in those little 140-character tweets. Resources that might, in fact, help both your writing and your future career.

Do Plural’s Need Apostrophe’s? NO.

How do you take one item and indicate that you now have more than one? In other words, how do you make it plural? You add an “s.” Simplest thing in the world.

Querying bits and pieces

Nothing will substitute for having a completed book that is the best work it can possibly be. But if you present it to someone before it’s in good shape, nobody is going to read it.