The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden: An excellent reminder that motivation comes once you start doing something, not before.

I think about this book often. I finished it a year ago, my phone reminds me. And the messages in the book have definitely stayed with me. Lines like this are brilliant: ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐˜, ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜. ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธContinue reading “The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden: An excellent reminder that motivation comes once you start doing something, not before.”

Is it phase or faze?

It didn’t phase me. โŒIt didn’t faze me. โœ”๏ธ F-A-Z-E is the spelling you want. Isn’t it interesting how we always use it in the negative. People always say they weren’t fazed. They rarely say they were. We seem to prefer discombobulated for this scenario. Maybe because it’s such a silly word. It takes theContinue reading “Is it phase or faze?”

New service: manuscript assessments.

Early last month, I wrote a post about signing a contract with a client to do my first manuscript assessment. Anyway, it went well! I’m really pleased with this testimonial. Honestly, even though it was my first one, I didn’t find it a difficult task. It took me a while, yes, as I was overthinkingContinue reading “New service: manuscript assessments.”

Mistakes Were Made. Use this zombie hack to identify the passive voice.

Do you know this zombie hack?  ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ”ช๐ŸงŸโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ”ช๐ŸงŸ๐Ÿ”ช I don’t know when tips became hacksโ€ฆ Or whether this one should be a trick. Let’s go with zombie hack. That sounds seasonalโ€ฆ ๐ŸŽƒ Speaking of seasonal, Britain has a new Prime Minister. Wow, that jibe veers into political commentary. That’s not like me at all. So I’llContinue reading “Mistakes Were Made. Use this zombie hack to identify the passive voice.”

If a book doesn’t have a pacy plot, can it still be good?

What books live in your mind library and why? I’ve just finished Things Fall Apart. Wow. I don’t have a detailed review to share with you as it’s one that’ll take a while to process. What I can say about it is that I reckon it’ll live in my mind library on the same shelvesContinue reading “If a book doesn’t have a pacy plot, can it still be good?”

What’s the best book to read if you want to write a novel?

This is a wonderful book. I love the examples given. The texts she chooses to exemplify structural elements span a wide range of genres. And she happens to have chosen loads I’ve read too so that made it extra engaging. I tried for a while to plot out my own ideas against the structure given.Continue reading “What’s the best book to read if you want to write a novel?”

What words and phrases do you find pleasing?

Some words and phrases are just pleasing. “Belt and braces.” This is the idiom my computer repair guy used last week when he came to fix my WiFi issues. I now have two ways of connecting and, if one’s slow, the other will kick in. “Cut and shut.” This phrase came to mind when myContinue reading “What words and phrases do you find pleasing?”

Is it it’s or its?

๐—œ๐˜’๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€. I don’t mind admitting it took me far longer than it should have to learn this rule. I don’t remember anyone ever saying it to me as bluntly as this. ‘It’ (apostrophe) ‘s’ is only ever short for ‘it is’. And it confused me because it seemsContinue reading “Is it it’s or its?”

Yesterdayโ€™s top 3 #proofreading spots from a gritty fantasy novel that were missed by Wordโ€™s spellcheck or by ProWritingAid.

The three errors below cropped up during the course of yesterday’s edit. All the errors were missed by either Word or ProWritingAid or both. 1๏ธโƒฃ ๐Ÿ’Ž He toyed with his feather earing. โŒ He toyed with his feather earring. โœ” In the Oxford English Dictionary, ear has more than one meaning. Thereโ€™s the obvious oneContinue reading “Yesterdayโ€™s top 3 #proofreading spots from a gritty fantasy novel that were missed by Wordโ€™s spellcheck or by ProWritingAid.”

Will a British editor be cheaper than an American editor?

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ FYI, American and other international indie authors. ๐Ÿ“ข ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง A British editor (*coughs๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ) may be an affordable option for you at the moment due to our weak pound. ๐Ÿ’ท As a BBC article explains, ‘A cheaper pound makes it less expensive for people around the globe to buy goods and services from British firms,Continue reading “Will a British editor be cheaper than an American editor?”