Author: Phyl

Editing and Writing

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SfEP Toronto Editing Mini-conference Nov. 5 & 6 — CAN’T WAIT

A great conference is more than a learning experience; it also lets you meet new friends, share ideas, and learn from everyone else.

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Guide to NaNoWriMo: Location and Chair

Ready for another installment of my NaNoWriMo guide? Today’s chat is about where you write and the chair you sit in. These are what I call “first-level” comforts. You’re probably thinking, “The room and the chair? Really??” If this is your first NaNo, you might not have thought of your personal comfort as you were making your…
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Guide to NaNoWriMo: Word Count and Community

Time to prepare for NaNoWriMo, so you can plunge right in and get writing!

SfEP Toronto Mini-Conference Just a Month Away!

A one-day editing mini-conference packed with wonderful info. Can you say giddy? I can’t wait!

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ESL Writing. Transition Words – Or Not

ESL writers! Are you worried about transition words? There are other ways to move between ideas in your writing. Find out what they are!

ESL Academic Writing. Academic Words That Can Never Be Plural

ESL writers—congratulations for learning English as a second language! This is a very hard language for non-native speakers to learn, so after all your hard work and progress—well done! But you’ve still probably noticed that even when you understand basic English grammar, most rules seem to have exceptions, so the language just keeps being difficult.…
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Fun with Word History: Hosts, Guests, and Hostility

Whether you’re a host or a guest, just be hospitable, and nobody will get hostile.

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Dragging Action in Fiction. “Verbing” a Noun

Make these small changes to your action sentences and be surprised how vivid they become!