I'm not normally someone who gloats over other people's mistakes. After all, we're only human (except for Taylor Swift who I'm certain is some type of alien life form). Still, when I see errors in books from the big name traditional publishers, my inner Gloat Monster gets quite a kick. In fact, I take on … Continue reading Gloating Over Publishers’ Mistakes
One of my favorite scenes (of which there are many) from the television show Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman has Sherlock interrogating a prisoner in a very chilly room in Belarus. Already looking bored and annoyed, Sherlock's frustrations mount as the man he's questioning keeps making grammatical errors. Sherlock lets the first one … Continue reading Grammar: Your Biggest Writing Mistake
What have I been up to this week? Revising, revising, and a tad bit more revising. And all that has made me realize that I'm not a writer, I'm a reviser. Everything I write, whether it's a query letter, an article, or a novel, has to be clarified, chopped up, rearranged, lengthened (or shortened), and … Continue reading I’m a Reviser, Not a Writer
THE WAR ON ADVERBS That's right bring it on! Who started this war? Twitter. Well, actually it was tweeting captain at Writer's Digest. See, a couple days ago they tweeted, "Remove all the adverbs from your writing. Yes, even the ones that really work." If you're as big a smart ass as I am, … Continue reading The War on Adverbs. Bring It On!