You’ve labored long-and-hard on that flier. Or maybe your website landing page text. You’re no writer, but you can at least take a stab at it, right? You show it to a friend, and he shreds your excitement balloon with . "You can't write like you talk. It isn't professional." Really? Two writing experts are my guests today, and they will help set your … [Read more...] about “Is it OK to write like I talk?”
A publisher buddy, Brian K. Morris (Rising Tide Publications), sent me a gift. After just 30 seconds, I knew I would share these writing tips with you. As a copywriter, editor, and proofer, I was excited to discover this short coaching video. It's packed with surprising ideas for authors ... ... and it's mostly new stuff I hadn't considered! Even if you … [Read more...] about Check out these writing tips from author Jerry B. Jenkins. For reals!
No! Don’t listen to Obi-Wan! Don’t 'move along.' It’s time we face the music on these words, because we tend to spell (and say) their plural forms incorrectly. When I see these in clients' files, it takes time to correct them. Of course, this means more cost to the writer. If you keep an eye out for these plural puzzlers, you can save time and money when … [Read more...] about Plural Puzzlers
OK. You’ve received a digital hand slap from your online English instructor, or the teacher at your school 'bled all over' your report in red ink. The comment was something about needing 'parallel structure' on your lists. What in the world is parallel structure ? It’s a fancy way to say the structure of those lists must ‘match.’ Check out this example … [Read more...] about WHAT is ‘parallel structure’ ?!
“What did I say? Did I start that sentence ... with ... ‘actually’?” Not Kathie York, the grammar doyenne! Surely not. Unfortunately, Mrs. York’s Mr. York – with a twinkle in his eye because he’d caught me in a word-filler faux pas – corroborated it: “Yes, you began that sentence with ‘actually’.” I’ve been known to start over to say things properly. It … [Read more...] about ‘Actually’ + ‘Literally’ = Yikes!
As you might imagine, I get a lot of questions from people concerning writing and grammar. Tidbits, here and there. Nothing formal. I decided to pop three items into this post: "So … what the heck do 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' mean?" "Have the semicolon rules changed?" “When does 'its' have an apostrophe?” "So … what the heck do 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' … [Read more...] about Helpful Tidbits from the Writing World