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Is Your Usage Right When You Say 'Grammar'?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

People love to write about writing. All too often, these pieces are titled "10 essential grammar tips" or the like, and the author proceeds to talk about common errors in writing that aren't actually grammatical in nature, or he or she compares anvils and oranges.

On Becoming a Writer Who Writes

TueNight | Posted 03.21.2014 | Books
TueNight

Until recently, I never shared a real piece of myself with a reader. I rarely wrote about things that moved me at my core and even when I did, in my head, there was too much at stake to share those personal reflections.

The Grammar Mistake You Just Might Be Making

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Errant positioning of modifiers can lead to ambiguity or, far worse, an outright distortion of your meaning.

Using Social Media as a Science Journal Editor

Noah Gray | Posted 04.16.2014 | Science
Noah Gray

Back in October, I was approached by a journalist who was writing a piece for Science Careers on the changing roles of academic journal editors and wh...

People, Edit Thyselves

Carine Fabius | Posted 02.28.2014 | Entertainment
Carine Fabius

There is a case to be made for epic films like The Godfather (2 hours, 58 minutes), but they are surely the exception. The problem is that most filmmakers now consider their movies to be epics. Get over yourselves, will you?

Getting Run Out of the Newspaper Business, and Other Good News

Jim Thomsen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Small Business
Jim Thomsen

But I surprised myself. But I didn't cry. I didn't kick anything. I didn't steal light bulbs or toilet paper or toner cartridges. Instead, as I walked past the cubicles that comprised my second home, I felt the last thing I expected to feel: pity. Not for me, but for them.

Bad Math: Rationalization in Fiction

Harrison Demchick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Books
Harrison Demchick

I call this 2 + 2 = 5: a writer's tendency to insist upon something that isn't true. In reality, two plus two does not equal five. Two plus two will never equal five.

Rewriting the Classics

Lynn Messina | Posted 02.01.2014 | Books
Lynn Messina

Three days before, I'd blithely admitted that my solution to reading a book too advanced for my 5-year-old son was to edit the story on the fly. Without missing a beat, I downgraded Voldemort's intention to kill Harry to the less-nightmare-inducing hurt. Yes, the book I was revising was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Dear Author: I Love It, Now Change It

Maryka Biaggio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Maryka Biaggio

I know that unpublished writers can hardly wait for the privilege of finding an editor who will love and caress their baby. But, believe me, it's not one big joy ride. A good editor -- I mean, a really good editor -- will make you suffer.

Techniques and Tension in Breaking Bad

Harrison Demchick | Posted 11.26.2013 | Books
Harrison Demchick

I have been arguing for some time now that any writer who wants to learn about the art of developing tension in a manuscript would do well to watch, and learn from, AMC's Breaking Bad.

Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction

Kristen Lamb | Posted 08.29.2013 | Books
Kristen Lamb

There are a lot of hurdles to writing great fiction, which is why it's always important to keep reading and writing. If you can get rid of these common offenders on your own, then good editors can focus on the deeper aspects of your fiction.

WATCH: Turning A Skate Vid Into A Work Of Art

Sarah Barness | Posted 08.28.2013 | Arts

Though it's hard to go wrong with some slow motion, outer space and nice music, it takes a special kind of eye to make a worthwhile video. That's why ...

Should You Self Publish? From Traditional to Indie and Back Again: One Hybrid Author Tells All

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.07.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

I just saw my new novel in a bookstore for the first time and nearly cried. Oh, all right, I'll come clean: I did cry. It isn't every day that your dr...

The Bird and the Biscuit: Playing by the Rules

Harrison Demchick | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Harrison Demchick

When readers are distracted by illogic, they're not invested in your narrative; no matter how good the rest of your story may be, it's simply not going to hit readers the same way. Run a switchblade through a small part of the Mona Lisa and no one notices the masterpiece. All they see is the scratch.

Jesse Coleman and Natasa Lekic: Editors for the New Publishing

Terence Clarke | Posted 09.22.2013 | Books
Terence Clarke

Coleman says, "we thought of founding a small press. But as the industry was evolving so quickly -- and the technology of it -- our ideas of what we could do evolved as well." They decided that they would offer their services primarily to writers who wished to publish themselves.

From Good to Great: What Editors Do for Authors

Karen Dionne | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Karen Dionne

In all the talk about self-publishing, one thing you don't often hear discussed is the role of editors. I'm not talking about the editor an author might hire to vet their work prior to publishing it themselves; I'm talking about editors at major publishing houses.

11 Things I Can Tell You Are Wrong About Your Manuscript Without Reading It (Title Shamelessly Borrowed From Sue Grafton at Crimebake)

Ken Atchity | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Ken Atchity

You're over-using "and," especially as a sentence connector. Remove it and your work will sound much more dramatic and direct.

Tegan Tigani, Kid's Book Buyer: How to Successfully Publish Your Children's Book

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.13.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Tegan Tigani a few years ago while we were on tour in Seattle. She was so excited to give us the grand tour of her kingdom: the Queen Anne Book Company kids section, where she is the book buyer.

Spreadsheets to Galleys: How to Budget Your Self-published Book

David Kudler | Posted 07.20.2013 | Books
David Kudler

Making those decisions in a vacuum is never a good idea -- it's too easy to waste time when you should have spent money or throw away money when a little time and effort would have done far more good. Hopefully this has helped you to approach these decisions a bit better prepared.

Virginia Pye, First Time Novelist, on Writing, Writers Conferences, and How to Get Your Book Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.07.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

When we first met Virginia Pye three years ago, she'd been writing and rewriting a novel for a very long time.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Founder Chris Baty on Writing, Writers, Doing & Dreaming

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We watched as he built this strange, beautiful community of lunatics and dreamers who, every November, write a 50,000 word book in 30 days. NaNoWriMo, as it's called, now has hundreds of thousands of participants all over the world, writing writing writing.

7 Deadly Myths and 3 Inspired Truths About Book Editing

David Kudler | Posted 06.03.2013 | Books
David Kudler

There's a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about editors and what they do. Here are seven of those myths that I'd like to clean up.

Reinvention: Editing Out What's Not Working, Finding What Does Work

Russell C. Smith | Posted 05.21.2013 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

Reinvention is a lot like revising a piece of writing. To reinvent, you review what currently is and ask yourself what's not moving the process ahead.

Top 10 Mistakes College Journalists Should Avoid

Gillian Frew | Posted 05.19.2013 | College
Gillian Frew

There are some predictable mistakes many newbie reporters make that are easy to avoid. I put together this list of the Top 10 based on my own experience as editor-in-chief of my college paper and an informal Twitter poll.

Why I Celebrated National Grammar Day and Why You Should Have, Too!

Lee Kolbert | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business
Lee Kolbert

National Grammar Day was Monday, March 4, 2013. It is a day to write well, speak well, and help others do the same. It is a day to put aside our annoyances and pet peeves, and declare our appreciation for the effective use of our language.