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MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS SORTED

MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS SORTED

In our continuing series, here is some advice to help you keep a couple of more confusing word pairs straight while line editing. Past vs. Passed These two words sound the same, and when my writing brain is chugging along, it sometimes forgets which of these...

SORTING OUT ANOTHER PAIR OF WORD PAIRS

SORTING OUT ANOTHER PAIR OF WORD PAIRS

Carrying on from a previous grammar post regarding line editing, it’s time to examine a couple of additional word pairs that can get confusing. Premier vs. Premiere According to Dictionary.com, a premier as a noun is the grand pubah or head honcho of an organization....

WRITING’S DIRTY WORDS: FEEDBACK, CRITIQUE

WRITING’S DIRTY WORDS: FEEDBACK, CRITIQUE

Does the thought of handing your writing over to a writing group to critique make you sweat with fear? Or maybe you’d like to join a writing group but you are nervous about what to say to your group-mates? If you are serious about your writing craft, you have surely...

GET BACK INTO THE WRITING GROOVE AFTER ILLNESS OR VACATION

GET BACK INTO THE WRITING GROOVE AFTER ILLNESS OR VACATION

An edited version of this post originally appeared on the Book Marketing Tools website on June 12, 2015 (click here to view it). You’ve no doubt heard more times than you can count how important it is to write, if not every day, at least regularly. But there will be...

FINDING SELF & INDIE PUBLISHED FRIENDLY BOOK REVIEWERS

FINDING SELF & INDIE PUBLISHED FRIENDLY BOOK REVIEWERS

An edited version of this post originally appeared on the Book Marketing Tools website in March 2015 (click here to view it). When you ventured into the author world, you likely pictured reading a glowing review of your book in a major publication. At some point after...

HUNTING THE “WORD OF THE DAY”

HUNTING THE “WORD OF THE DAY”

Whenever I start to edit one of my novels, I’m always interested to see what my word of the day will be. These are those go-to words and phrases that I seem to use over and over in a writing session. Usually, it’s a small word like “just,” “up,” or “down”; modifiers...

HOW TO USE FACEBOOK GROUPS TO “SELL” BOOKS

HOW TO USE FACEBOOK GROUPS TO “SELL” BOOKS

An edited version of this post originally appeared on the Book Marketing Tools website in February 2015 (click here to view it). “Sell” in the title is in quotes because you do not actually sell with Facebook groups – you build relationships, which sometimes lead to...

FIND IDEAS IN UNLIKELY PLACES

FIND IDEAS IN UNLIKELY PLACES

On July 9, 2015, I returned from a two-week vacation, one week of which was spent in Glacier National Park in Montana. Since it’s about a 26 hour/1600 mile drive one way from where I live and we didn’t want to pay to fly, we took 4 days to drive there and 3 days to...

COMMA SUTRA – POSITION FOUR

COMMA SUTRA – POSITION FOUR

Time to attempt to master another comma position in line editing: between adjectives. When using adjectives to describe a noun in sentences, at times you will need commas between them, at times you will not, and at times there will be commas between some of them but...