Even though he died on Oct. 7, for me, Halloween will always be associated with Edgar Allan Poe. The following letter emerged from a SoulPancake writing prompt, “Write an open letter to your (dead) writing hero.” Dear Mr. Poe, Arise from your moldering tomb and hear my words…You are not forgotten! Especially not on this […]
For All Hallow’s Eve, eve, a simple tip: Always use toward, never “towards.” It’s the same for forward (not “forwards”) and backward (not “backwards”).
Jason Boog at GalleyCat proposes an interesting strategy for new writers: advertise in Craigslist for unemployed English Lit majors to critique your MS for $10-20. Matthew Mather, author of the self-published The Complete Atopia Chronicles, says that besides saving money, these grateful people “will probably become your biggest promoters and will be happy to write […]
It may not be glamorous, or popular, or even very creative, but technical writing can indeed be a lucrative choice for freelancers: Forbes Magazine places it in the top ten “Best-Paying Jobs You Can Do from Anywhere.” Most of the other jobs were, unsurprisingly, in the medical field. Author Jenna Goudreau touches on what appears […]
We’ve all done it, or seen it, or both: the solitary writer ensconced at a table at Starbucks or other coffeeshop, nursing a latte, typing sporadically on his or her laptop, oblivious to the world outside that screen. That lone writer is the subject of much derision: “Look at me, I’m a writer!” comedians mock, […]
Three things commonly written as one word, when they are actually two, are: ahold alot alright None of these are actually words! The correct forms are: a hold a lot all right Tune in next week for more writing tips!
A Swedish study just confirmed what just about every writer already knows: writers and other creative people suffer mental disorders like depression, anxiety, and substance abuse much more than our non-creative counterparts; we’re almost twice as likely to commit suicide. The study doesn’t venture too much into causes; in science, correlation can’t be assumed to […]
This has got to be the coolest news to come out of the publishing industry since Stephen King started a band (wait, was that nerdy or cool? I can’t tell the difference). According to the AP, Depp is launching an imprint called Infinitum Nihil, which can mean “nothing is forever” or “infinite nothing,” depending on […]
Most people understand the basic rules governing the first-person pronoun: “I” is the subjective form of the pronoun, meaning it is used as the subject of sentences and phrases: I like to garden. “Me” is the objective form of the pronoun, meaning it is used as the object of sentences and phrases: Brad gave me his number. “Myself” is […]
GalleyCat has an inspiring video narrated by Zen master Alan Watts: Despite all our effort towards marketing and branding and platform building, in the end, we must write because we simply must. A writer writes because she doesn’t have a choice; it’s this odd compulsion that creative people share. So, don’t forget that. Keep writing.