I have a lot of regular clients for whom English is not their first language. They have something important to… Read more Writing Effectively When English is Your Second Language
In his two poems, “The Animal Trainer (1)” and “The Animal Trainer (2),” Berryman explores the possible effect of writing… Read more Dualities, Dichotomies and Do-Overs: John Berryman’s “The Animal Trainer”
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Is editing a creative act? Can a writer who makes a living as an editor find something fulfilling in the… Read more Can you be a creative editor?
I shouldn’t have to be told. Without exception, the word “suddenly” is a waste of space at the beginning of… Read more What To Edit Out: How “Suddenly” Kills Suspense
I am not a scientist, and I am not going to go on a tangent in which I cite studies, but I can safely say that to the creative brain, the act of chiseling mental chaos into a well-crafted image releases the pressure valve like nothing else. Go too long without that release, and your head is at risk of exploding.
Improving writing, beginning with sentence structure: When taking that second or third pass at revising your piece of writing, consider… Read more “To be,” Considered: Another Editing Tip
Meticulous, but respectful: When you entrust your work to an editor, you should have some idea of her philosophy and… Read more Editing the Authentic Voice: The Manuscript Editor’s Ethos