I asked some of my fellow editors about tropes that really bug them. These are some of the common responses regarding tropes about women and how they are represented in fiction.
Today, I will tackle a punctuation mark that trips up a lot of well-meaning users. The apostrophe. While it may seem like a simple mark, it gets confusing when we try to put it between the letters it and s or when we need to put it at the end of a word instead of before the s or . . . okay, so it seems to get tricky around the letter s. I’ll try to clear that up a bit. . . Continue Reading
You have started working on your latest editing project and are less than impressed with the quality. You have a few options here. It is very possible that you don’t have a choice about whether or not to edit this. Maybe it was handed to you by the publishing house and they asked you to get it up to snuff. Or, maybe you are a freelancer and this came from a private client. You have more freedom to decide to give it back to her to keep working on it or you can slog through and help her figure out the issues. Whether you want to keep the project or you think it is best to return it, you need to communicate to the author that there is a lot of work that needs to be done. You want to do this without hurting her feelings or crushing her dreams. What is an editor to do? . . . Continue Reading
Grammar is something many people have trouble understanding. Even people who love grammar, like myself, have some rules they just can’t seem to get right. Some of my readers have shared their grammar struggles with me. For this second part of my grammar series I will be discussing semicolons. . . . Continue Reading
Setting: Your favorite writing nook
Characters: You and your freshly written masterpiece
Time: The present
You have just finished your latest story and you are flying high on the creative juices still flowing inside you. You know it is wonderful. You sit back, close your eyes, and revel in the story that is still dancing around your head.
You decide to go back to the beginning and get started on revising. . . . Continue Reading
Everyone has that one grammar rule that they just can’t seem to keep straight. For me, commas are my stumbling block. I used to think long and hard about whether my commas were needed in my sentences. I have gotten better at commas, but sometimes I still need to look up the rules to see if I have it right. Recently, some of my readers shared some of their most common grammar struggles. Today, I will address the issue of split infinitives. . . Continue Reading
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
These words are displayed on my bedroom wall for me to see every day. Every time I read them I am reminded of how true they are. Words can transport us to other worlds. They make connections between people. They can lead to understanding. They can lead to happiness. Of course, they can also lead to confusion and sadness, but isn’t that magical too, in a way? . . . Continue Reading
Even editors need editors. I’m an editor and I’ve had to make many corrections in my writing over the years. Nobody can avoid mistakes all the time. You can read your work ten times and think it is perfect; someone else can read it once and spot at least a few errors. There is nothing wrong with needing a fresh set of eyes to look over your project. Here are a few reasons having an editor can be immensely helpful. . . Continue Reading