Isย it to faze or to phase?

๐Ÿ˜ณ To faze = the verb you’re looking for when someone is rattled. Often we use it to report that we weren’t flustered. ๐Ÿ‘ I wasn’t fazed. โœ… And that’s correct. โŒ Step away from the use of ‘phased’ for this intended meaning. โŒ ‘I wasn’t phased’ is incorrect. ๐Ÿ˜ณ Faze = (verb) to disconcert/discombobulateContinue reading “Isย it to faze or to phase?”

Do you need a space between the number and the symbol in percentages? That’s where the Chigago Manual of Style comes in handy!

My buddy for today’s work. To be a good proofreader and editor, you don’t need to know everything. You just need to know what to look up and where. Armed with this book, Google and editorial buddies, I can find the answers to life’s big questions like: ๐Ÿ’ฏ Should there be a space between theContinue reading “Do you need a space between the number and the symbol in percentages? That’s where the Chigago Manual of Style comes in handy!”

Q. How do I get my book finished this year? A. Read this. โฌ‡๏ธ

๐Ÿ“ Why booking a slot with me will help you finish your novel. Have you decided 2022 is the year you’ll finish and publish your book? I can help you make that happen. — ๐Ÿ”Š I’m partway through listening to Robert B. Cialdini Ph.D’s book, Influence. A scenario he shares about a woman who wantedContinue reading “Q. How do I get my book finished this year? A. Read this. โฌ‡๏ธ”

Is it everyday or every day?

โ“ Do you use the word ‘commonplace’ or one of its synonyms often? From time to time, I’m sure. You sometimes need to say that things are usual or ordinary. But my gut feeling is that you use the phrase ‘every day’ more regularly. โœ… I brush my teeth every day. โœ… I check myContinue reading “Is it everyday or every day?”

Is welk a word? It’s an archaic one. But, if you’re after the sea snail, that’s whelk.

๐Ÿ’ก Microsoft Word does not recognise ‘welk’ as a typo. ๐Ÿ”Ž But I spotted it. ๐ŸŒ The author meant ‘whelk’ as in the seafood, sea snail thing. โŒ “Tall ships rocked on their moorings as a woman selling cockles and welks wended between sailors.” โœ… “Tall ships rocked on their moorings as a woman sellingContinue reading “Is welk a word? It’s an archaic one. But, if you’re after the sea snail, that’s whelk.”

What is the daily word count for NaNoWriMo? (1667. You’ve got this.)

Hello November. ๐ŸŽ‡ And happy NaNoWriMo to all the indie authors out there. Hopefully this month will be transformational for you. Remember once the month is over to look back and say to yourself: — In November, I didn’t wait for the Muse. I just got on with it. — This is the start ofContinue reading “What is the daily word count for NaNoWriMo? (1667. You’ve got this.)”

Is it Hallowe’en or Halloween?

๐ŸŽƒ Happy Halloween. Or should that be Happy Hallowe’en? ๐ŸŽƒ happy halloween? Or happy hallowe’en? Or some other rendering? It looks to me like the apostrophe is becoming rarer. ๐Ÿ”Ž ‘The Chicago Manual of Style’ goes with Halloween. (CMOS 8.89) ๐Ÿ”Ž ‘New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors’ accepts either Hallowe’en or Halloween. ๐Ÿ”Ž ‘Collins DictionaryContinue reading “Is it Hallowe’en or Halloween?”

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

๐Ÿ“ฐ NEWS: I did a thing! Q+A with the author AHM Beattie for her Focus on Friday feature. Text from the interview below: โฌ‡๏ธ 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”

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?”

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.”