12 July 2013 ~ 4 Comments

Writing lessons — a writer’s toolbox

Note: This is a post in an occasional series of reprints. Not necessarily my greatest hits, these posts are just some of my most useful commentary that may have gotten buried in the mists of time.  This post first appeared in April, 2009. If you’ve been listening to NPR today you know that The Elements […]

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11 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Why you should love your copy editor. No, I mean it.

Louise Marley has a trenchant post on the copy editor’s craft on Red Room, the writing site she blogs for, and let me add hear hear! to her words. Copy editors are often unsung heroes in the publishing world. And I say this not only because I’ve been a copy editor, but because the one […]

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10 September 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Writing lessons — punctuation

It occurred to me I hadn’t done one of these in a while. Sorry about that. This installment is a simple one, but it came to mind because one of the students at the workshop was having difficulty with it. A poorly punctuated manuscript will be thrown out by an editor ASAP. No one will […]

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