“Show, don’t tell.” On the surface, it sounds like the simplest of advice. Fiction writers hear it all the time.… Read more Tell me yours, I’ll show you mine
Dash away, all!
If you would like to be completely confused about using a dash—specifically, an em dash—in your fiction, I suggest you… Read more Dash away, all!
Get your comma out of your but
I’d edit your manuscript, but it’s not ready yet. (BUT joins two independent clauses. Needs a comma.) Your manuscript is… Read more Get your comma out of your but
Who or that? There are rules—well, guidelines—to help us decide when to use “that” in a sentence and when to… Read more Who? That?
You’re the boss
Editors sometimes feel as if we serve three—or four—masters. First, and most importantly, we exist to serve our authors. You’ve… Read more You’re the boss
Confessions of a whale reader
Third grade. That’s when it started, with a Bobbsey Twins book, given in a Christmas exchange. The Bobbsey Twins at… Read more Confessions of a whale reader
Nah, I don’t mean the novel by Stephen King, that will just scare the bejesus out of you. “IT” is,… Read more IT sucks
And I mean more than the internet of things, although I really like it when our new Ring doorbell shoots… Read more Everything’s related
Get ready for a rowdy ride
Just before we left for vacation to the Florida Keys — more on that later — I finished editing Steven… Read more Get ready for a rowdy ride
Edit, work, play
I just finished editing the latest in the Kurt Hunter series for author Steven Becker, and I’ve never had more… Read more Edit, work, play