It didn’t phase me. ❌It didn’t faze me. ✔️ 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?”
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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? 🧟♂️🔪🧟♀️🔪🧟🔪 I don’t know when tips became hacks… Or whether this one should be a trick. Let’s go with zombie hack. That sounds seasonal… 🎃 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?
𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀. 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?”
Yesterday’s top 3 #proofreading spots from a gritty fantasy novel that were missed by Word’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. 1️⃣ 💎 He toyed with his feather earing. ❌ He toyed with his feather earring. ✔ In the Oxford English Dictionary, ear has more than one meaning. There’s the obvious oneContinue reading “Yesterday’s top 3 #proofreading spots from a gritty fantasy novel that were missed by Word’s spellcheck or by ProWritingAid.”
Will a British editor be cheaper than an American editor?
🇺🇲 FYI, American and other international indie authors. 📢 🇬🇧 A British editor (*coughs🙋♀️) may be an affordable option for you at the moment due to our weak pound. 💷 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?”
Indie authors: when you can’t work, your books can. Book sales can give your family wiggle room.
📍Indie authors take note. There’s money to be made even when there’s a bump in the road. *** I am obviously not rejoicing that my son has picked up some kind of primary school freshers’ flu on his return to class this September… But I am rejoicing that I no longer have to ask permissionContinue reading “Indie authors: when you can’t work, your books can. Book sales can give your family wiggle room.”