It’s an ugly fact that a college education is expensive, and becoming more so. Thanks to GalleyCat’s awesome post, now we can cut that cost by a little bit, anyway. Your basic college-level writing courses include: 1. Composition I from Duke University; transferable. Starts March 18, runs for 12 weeks. 2. Writing II from Ohio […]
Two mistakes I see writers make a lot are switching verb tense and point of view. Let’s take one at a time. Verb tense consistency means that whatever tense (past, present, or future) you are writing in, you should stick with that consistently throughout the essay (or article or novel). Obviously, there will be times […]
Have you ever been perusing your local bookstore’s bargain bin/shelf and seen a title, or two or three, languishing there, despite having “New York Times Bestseller!” splashed across the cover? I know I have, and I’ve noticed that they tend to be in the self-help or business management areas. I figured that lots of people […]
These two words sound so much alike that they frequently get confused. Accept is a verb meaning “to embrace, receive, or agree to”: I want to be accepted into your club. Except is preposition meaning “excluding,” and also a conjunction meaning “otherwise then”: She fired everyone except her own boss.
I know I’m a little late reading this one…it came out nine years ago! And even though it spent over a year on the NYT bestseller list, I had never heard of it. Bad bookworm! So when a friend in my writer’s group gave me her copy of The Glass Castle, it might as well […]
When you’re really excited about something and can’t wait, say or write: I can hardly wait! NOT I can’t hardly wait. “Can’t hardly” is a double negative, which would mean that you can wait.
Poynter, a journalism organization, has a great post on how well-written prose activates the brain’s physical response centers: reading about kicking a ball activates the sites associated with motor control, for example. Based on these studies, author Chip Scanlan suggests five important tips to enrich your writing. My favorite? #5, “Cultivate a nose for story.” […]
This post on GalleyCat paints a sobering reality: most genre novelists don’t earn enough money to live on. Horror writer David Keene writes that most advances for first-time novels are between $2,500 and $10,000. And you won’t see any royalties until a year after your book is published. Mark Lawrence and Jim C. Hines, the […]
Adweek has a hopeful article: “Sportswriters Go Long Online.” In it, Emma Bazilian points out that the Internet has become “a haven for lengthy prose,” the kind that print outlets find it harder to publish. After all, “It costs us the same amount [of money] to run 3,000 or 300 words,” says sports site The Classical’s […]
Three words that frequently get confused are there, their, and they’re. There is referring to a place: Don’t put your purse there! Their is the possessive form of “they,” meaning “belonging to them”: I give my students their grades at the mid-term. They’re means “they are”: I don’t think they’re a very nice couple.