Grammar: Things to Remember

Numbers: All numbers between 21 and 99 (except 30, 40, 50, etc) should be hyphenated. Examples: Twenty-three and two hundred and eighty-nine. Numbers should be written in full at the start of a sentence. One or Two Words: anyone = any personHint: Try replacing the word anyone with any person. If it sounds right, it’s … Read moreGrammar: Things to Remember

Writing Course: Self-Editing Your Work

You have written a story – short story or novel, it doesn’t matter. Now it is time to self-edit it. It is easy to find flaws in other people’s work, but quite difficult to recognise them in your own. There are three components of self-editing: 1. line/copy-editing, 2. sentence editing, 3. content editing. Line/Copy-editing A … Read moreWriting Course: Self-Editing Your Work

Editing Course: Using Technology

Editing and proofreading is not just about printed matter/publications, it also involves working with other technology such as: A website, where you would proof the pages on-screen and either email, fax or post back the corrections. A PDF document, where you would proof the document on-screen and email back the corrections. A Word, RTF or … Read moreEditing Course: Using Technology

Learning to Detach Yourself when Receiving Critiques

April Hamilton wrote a very interesting post called When Editing & Critiquing, Check Your Personal Opinions At The Door. This reminder comes at a great time because yesterday I sent one of my older short stories to a critique group for the once over. Luckily for me, I’m not new to the game of critiquing … Read moreLearning to Detach Yourself when Receiving Critiques

Some Mad Hope: When Nothing Is Good

I often roam the internet, making my way from one website to another, reading hundreds of words written by other people.  Those words sometimes anger me, at other times they make me cry, but today I found words that inspire. Some Mad Hope: When Nothing Is Good. This is a post that reminds us about … Read moreSome Mad Hope: When Nothing Is Good

The Lure of a New Project

If you visit a lot of writers’ websites, you’ll soon find a large majority of them openly admit to starting more stories than they finish. There are several reasons for this, but I’m going to talk about only one of those reasons today – the lure of a new project. Yesterday, after a strong fight … Read moreThe Lure of a New Project