Your First Book

If you’re a new writer, there’s something you need to know. Your first draft will almost certainly be worse than any other drafts you create. Share This:

Your First Draft

There are many routes to getting a finished first draft. What’s important to understand is that your first draft is almost never your final draft. Share This:

Declutter Your Writing

There’s a current vogue about tidying up and decluttering one’s home or life. But sometimes, writers also need to do some decluttering to make reading easier on their audience. Share This:

The Editor’s Job

Just like a graphic designer or an agent, an editor should be part of a writer’s team. The editor’s job is to work with you to produce the best possible product. Share This:

Compound Words

In principle it’s easy—just put two or more words together to create a new “word”. However, it’s not that straightforward. Following are some guidelines to make sure your writing is as effective as possible. Share This:

A couple (of) …

This is a brief post on using the word “of” after the word “couple. Here’s an example from a web page called “How to Speak With a Convincing New Jersey Accent”. The second paragraph starts this way: A couple things you need to know before you get started: Notice that there’s no “of” after couple.

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