Category: Novel Editing

Free Snowflake Pro Novel-Writing Software

“Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the Universe, who has kept us in life and enabled us to reach this day.” – Traditional prayer upon reaching a significant day. Hi Writer Peeps! Whew! We made it! I know it’s cliché, but it… Continue Reading “Free Snowflake Pro Novel-Writing Software”

The N-word: Is it ever OK to say? Plus NaNoWriMo editing update

Hola, Writer Peeps! What do you think? Can I say the N-word and other “bad” words in a historical context? Or are some words just not acceptable ever? As an example of non-acceptance, my husband Frazierhead and I went to a family’s home for… Continue Reading “The N-word: Is it ever OK to say? Plus NaNoWriMo editing update”

This year, I’m all about Christmas!

Our lives have settled back into a routine and we’re ready to open up and accept the joy of the Christmas season again. This year, we’re celebrating along with the angels of God, saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14)

Half Off Copyedits for NaNoWriMo Winners

As a little bonus incentive, I’m offering a limited number of NaNoWriMo 2018 winners a discount on copyediting your new novel. I’ll give you time to flesh it out and clean it up first so the discount will be applied in 2019.  

Why did it take nine years to get serious about my own writing?

My son, always looking for ways to earn a few extra dollars to fund his science projects, emerged from his (laboratory) bedroom as I emerged from my Writing Zone. We met at the (writing fuel) coffee pot, and he began his proposal.
“I see you’re making money,” he started.
“I’m not making money,” I answered.
A sound caught in his throat, as if this unexpected answer…

When and When Not to Hyphenate

Do you know why high-heeled shoes get a hyphen, but running shoes do not? Why the president-elect gets a hyphen, but the vice president elect does not? What if I told you that the white-and-gold dress was also blue and black? Some people think hyphenating is random, that whatever looks right is right. Sorry, but no. We have rules. We can’t just let people hyphenate all over the place, willy-nilly. But I’ve got your back. I’ll walk you through this.

Avoiding Bias when Writing Descriptors

One of the biggest changes to American English in recent years is an emphasis on persons first. That is, we no longer define human beings by their descriptors. I’m not talking about Political Correctness. I’m talking about grammar.

Avoid these 7 writing mistakes by listening.

  We writers refer to our writing personalities as voice, because readers “hear” us when they read our words. For the same reason, many of our writing mistakes can be corrected by simply listening to our own voices. With our ears. You can write every word,… Continue Reading “Avoid these 7 writing mistakes by listening.”

More tips for flat-broke indie authors

You know you need these professional services, but you’re broke. Never fear; I’m here for you. If you can’t afford to pay for professional services, consider the following.

FAQs on Punctuating Dialogue in Fiction

If you write fiction, you want to bookmark this blog for reference. And if you don’t find the answers you need here, feel free to ask your questions in the comment section, and I will answer.

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