Monthly Archives: May 2016

Stop Procrastinating: Techniques for Writing

One of the most frustrating things a writer can experience is having the mental faucet cut off. Surely you’ve experienced this scenario: you’re typing away, hot on the heels of an idea. Another idea presents itself in your mind’s eye, more appealing than what you’re currently working on. While deciding to ignore it or save […]

Writing for Children’s Books — 10 Tips for Success

It’s tougher to keep a child interested because a child doesn’t have the concentration of an adult, but it’s a lovely thing to try to do – Roald Dahl, author of 17 children’s books I may know a lot about children’s concentration being a classroom teacher for more than three decades, but I’m still learning […]

New English Language Words – Hot Off the Press!

Oxford University Press offers an innovative free dictionary and language reference service. Their site, OxfordDictionaries, is updated quarterly with the newest additions to the English language, selected for inclusion based on a variety of different sources. The words must be important and significant, and also be judged to be “long-lasting” in order to make the […]

Writing for Children’s TV; Teaching Screenwriting

I have taught a lot of things during the course of my teaching career, but teaching drama to children ranks as one of the most fun. I have been able to work with various sized groups and ages, writing and performing original plays throughout the school year (usually for holidays). During the summer I also […]

Jobs for Writers: Freelance Platforms like Upwork

When I wrote The Online Writers’ Companion, I focused heavily on Upwork. That’s because I spent a lot of time on Elance and oDesk before I wrote the book, and was adapting to Upwork while I finished it and edited it. In the initial draft, I also included a chapter where I covered many more […]

Is Grammarly Worth It?

Proper grammar is essential, but many writers struggle in this area. If you are writing just for yourself, grammar may not be that important to you. But for those of you that write for a living, those of you who want to garner the respect — and the reward — that you need to support […]

Understanding The Publishing Process

I have always been fascinated by the publishing process, by what goes into selling an idea and what goes into making that idea a realization. I was as fascinated by this process before I made it as I was when it was actually happening, and I know that many other unpublished authors feel the same […]

Common Writing Mistakes to Avoid

I’m a terrible editor. There, I admitted it. I don’t pay a lot of attention when reading and tend to overlook things. That’s why I specialize in rewriting, and why I tend to refuse editing jobs. And it’s why I tell my clients I will happily pick their manuscript apart and rewrite it top to […]

Common Writing Mistakes And Spell Check Mistakes

I will be the first to admit that I am a sloppy editor where my own work is concerned. I often overlook mistakes that an editor would easily spot. I am not alone in this either, as it’s common for writers to miss mistakes in their own work because they are reading what should be […]