Q+A interview feature with me by author, AHM Beattie

📰 NEWS: I did a thing! Q+A with the author AHM Beattie for her Focus on Friday feature. Text from the interview below: ⬇️ Time to get focused everyone. Please welcome Claire Cronshaw. I hope you enjoy. I know I did! Thank you for being our Focus today. It’s great to have you on board.Continue reading “Q+A interview feature with me by author, AHM Beattie”

It’s half term but I’m managing to get some work done. Are you?

Ah, it’s actually much easier to get on with editing jobs during half term while my son has his mates over to play. They’ve been entertaining themselves all day. It’s given me some welcome space so I have: – completed a sample edit of a medieval fantasy romance for a client in America. The manuscriptContinue reading “It’s half term but I’m managing to get some work done. Are you?”

Understanding emphatic third person omniscience through the lens of ‘A Christmas Carol’.

I’ve been drilling down into narrative point of view further than I have before – it’s for a course I’m doing with the CIEP. It’s not that I haven’t thought about narrative viewpoint before. Of course I have: I’ve been a student and teacher of English for all of my adult life. But, I don’tContinue reading “Understanding emphatic third person omniscience through the lens of ‘A Christmas Carol’.”

What is an accountability group? Start one. You won’t regret it.

😁 I’m meeting my accountability buddy, Alison, tomorrow. I’ve been talking to Alison for a couple of years now. We are both members of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and have followed fairly similar paths in our career journeys. 🎯 Alison and I are in an accountability group together. The purpose of theContinue reading “What is an accountability group? Start one. You won’t regret it.”

Why POV matters in fiction. And what resources can you recommend for the study of narrative point of view?

👩‍🎓 Narrative point of view is a fascinating area of study. I don’t (yet) offer developmental edits but it’s important that I understand the stages above/before copyediting so that any flaws which remain in the text (such as head hopping or broken binding) can be flagged for the author’s consideration. As I study this stuff,Continue reading “Why POV matters in fiction. And what resources can you recommend for the study of narrative point of view?”

Want to be sure you’re getting a professional editor? Don’t go with one who claims to be good at everything.

This ⬇️ I’ve been getting some advice from this marketing/copywriting fella and he’s really making me think differently. This is really empowering. When you’ve changed professions as I have, no matter how much training you’ve done (and I’ve done lots now), you still get imposter syndrome rearing its ugly head. BUT… this sentence shows imposterContinue reading “Want to be sure you’re getting a professional editor? Don’t go with one who claims to be good at everything.”

Macros for increasing efficiency and accuracy in editing – not to mention staving off RSI.

I reckon the hour or so I spent today being Paul Beverley’s guineapig (installing macros ‘by the tourist route’) might be the best hour I’ve spent on CPD. These are macros which are going to increase my efficiency and accuracy as an editor and they will reduce the number of clicks/keystrokes needed to perform certainContinue reading “Macros for increasing efficiency and accuracy in editing – not to mention staving off RSI.”

Write a novel to create assets for your future. National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner.

👋 Hey, you. Creative person in your 30s. You know you’ve been thinking about writing a book… But, you’re in your 30s… You’d better get serious now. And throwing yourself into a made-up world of moonlit romances does not seem all that serious. And your mum keeps asking if you’ve started saving for your future…Continue reading “Write a novel to create assets for your future. National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner.”

Is it took or taken? Spoke or spoken? Broke or broken? Using past participles correctly.

📸 Your photo will be took by one of our team. ❌ Your photo will be taken by one of our team. ✅ See also: 🗣️ I have spoke to her about it. ❌ I have spoken to her about it. ✅ 🖨️ The printer was broke. ❌ The printer was broken. ✅ 🚦In spokenContinue reading “Is it took or taken? Spoke or spoken? Broke or broken? Using past participles correctly.”

Do you feel the fear? That’s a good thing. Here’s why.

💬 “Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” (Continue reading “Do you feel the fear? That’s a good thing. Here’s why.”