Semicolons are like perfume; used correctly and in proper measure, they’re sophisticated and add richness. If you use them incorrectly and… Read more The Stylish Semicolon
Writing Effectively When English is Your Second Language
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
Does the Artist Matter?
A piece of art, when completed, encapsulates its own reality. As its architect, the artist’s task is to craft it… Read more Does the Artist Matter?
How to Write a Sentence
Correct grammar isn’t enough. It takes more than a great plot to make a great story, and it takes more… Read more How to Write a Sentence
Can you be a creative editor?
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?
What To Edit Out: How “Suddenly” Kills Suspense
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
How to Write a Bio: The Art of Talking About Yourself in the Third Person
I know it’s awkward, but it’s going to be just fine. There’s pretty much one essential rule to bio writing:… Read more How to Write a Bio: The Art of Talking About Yourself in the Third Person
“To be,” Considered: Another Editing Tip
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
Sing me a Story
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. The opening sentence of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca has always stayed… Read more Sing me a Story
Editing the Authentic Voice: The Manuscript Editor’s Ethos
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