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

๐Ÿ˜ 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. ๐ŸŽฏ 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?

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“ Narrative point of view is a fascinating area of study. I donโ€™t (yet) offer developmental edits but itโ€™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 authorโ€™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 โฌ‡๏ธ 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. BUTโ€ฆ 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 โ€“ 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 โ€“ not to mention staving off RSI.”

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

๐Ÿ‘‹ Hey, you. Creative person in your 30s. You know you’ve been thinking about writing a bookโ€ฆ But, you’re in your 30sโ€ฆ 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 futureโ€ฆContinue 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.

๐Ÿ“ธ Your photo will be took by one of our team. โŒ Your photo will be taken by one of our team. โœ… See also: ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ I have spoke to her about it. โŒ I have spoken to her about it. โœ… ๐Ÿ–จ๏ธ The printer was broke. โŒ The printer was broken. โœ… ๐ŸšฆIn 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.

๐Ÿ’ฌ โ€œAre you paralyzed with fear? Thatโ€™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.โ€ (Continue reading “Do you feel the fear? That’s a good thing. Here’s why.”

Have you ‘tried your hand’ at writing a book? Let me help you polish it up.

I was asked whether I wanted to take advantage of some free advertising on morecambeandmore.com. I said yes. ๐Ÿ˜ Emily Ward who is in charge of the website asked me for a photo and my logo plus the link to my website. She then wrote a brief intro and made this super-looking directory entry forContinue reading “Have you ‘tried your hand’ at writing a book? Let me help you polish it up.”

Is a tidy workspace a must for you? It is for me.

โ“ Clearing the decks. Do you do it? Is a tidy workspace a reflection of a tidy mind? The cause of a tidy mind? Or not linked at all? ๐Ÿ˜ First quiet day working from home since 13th July. ๐ŸŽ‰ My son is back at school and I have three full days to work onContinue reading “Is a tidy workspace a must for you? It is for me.”

Why you need a human as part of your editorial safeguards. Is it curtesy or courtesy? Waved or waived? Entails or entrails? I know!

๐Ÿ”ค Your spellcheck does not know it. ๐Ÿค‘ Your paid-for grammar software does not know it either. ๐Ÿค“ But I do. Some #proofreading spots from a couple of indie author manuscripts which would have passed unnoticed without #EagleEyedCherry: โŒ It was an appropriate measure and a proper curtesy to my friend. โžก courtesy โœ” โŒContinue reading “Why you need a human as part of your editorial safeguards. Is it curtesy or courtesy? Waved or waived? Entails or entrails? I know!”