Hands up. Who heard the rule “avoid split infinitives” before learning what an infinitive was? I’m certainly in that camp and I’m sure there are others there with me. It’s one of the rules that gets repeated frequently—even when those… Read More »Is It Okay To Split Infinitives?
The Kick-Ass Writer is Chuck Wendig’s guide to writing. Composed of a series of listicles, Wendig explains everything from story structure to the publication process. Overview Title: The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, & Earn… Read More »Chuck Wendig’s The Kick-Ass Writer
If you’re here, you’ve probably already decided that you want to write. But there’s a big difference between having the desire and following through with it. Writing requires actually getting words on the page, and a writing routine is one… Read More »How To Develop A Writing Routine
Style guides are great, but even when they cover tons of subjects and scenarios, there will be questions. The editorial staff at the University of Chicago answer such questions on The Chicago Manual of Style’s online Q&A. But Can I… Read More »University of Chicago Press’s But Can I Start a Sentence With “But”?
In part 1 of this case study, we determined that what initially appears as spelling inconsistency in This Is How You Lose The Time War is actually a pattern. Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar employ different spellings depending on point… Read More »Spelling Variation in This Is How You Lose the Time War (Part 2)
Ensuring an author has been consistent with their spelling is a big part of copy editing. We editors are usually told to follow a particular dictionary or a particular style guide’s word list. And, when faced with a word with… Read More »Spelling Variation in This Is How You Lose the Time War (Part 1)
Writing Abroad: A Guide for Travelers is exactly what it says it is—a guide. It’s for those who feel compelled to share their travel experiences, and it features tips, exercises, and information to help them do so. Overview Title: Writing… Read More »Peter Chilson & Joanne B. Mulcahy’s Writing Abroad
Who said it? In most cases, your readers will want to know. In fact, when you fail to keep your dialogue clear, you risk your readers getting lost, distracted, or even annoyed. This post will explain how to specify who’s… Read More »How To Write Dialogue: Keeping Your Speakers Clear