How to Punctuate Dialogue

Is it a struggle for you knowing how to punctuate dialogue? How to punctuate dialogue correctly eludes a lot of writers. Yet once you know the rules, it is straightforward. Quotation marks, speech marks and quotes Quotation marks are also referred to as ‘speech marks’ or ‘quotes’. I’ll use the term ‘quotation marks’ here so []

Is your Book Character-Driven or Plot-Driven?

First of all, what does character-driven and plot-driven mean?! Plot-driven In a plot-driven story, the action is the focus of the writing, not the character. The character tends to be static; there is little character development. Plot-driven stories are often genres like horror, action, science fiction. An example of a plot-driven story is Dan Brown’s []

The Incorrigible Optimists Club

A Book Review I had never heard of The Incorrigible Optimists Club or the Algerian-born writer Jean-Michel Guenassia. I came across it in the library when I was selecting books for my Christmas holiday reading. The original is written in French and I read the English translation by Euan Cameron. It is quite untrue that []

A PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR EDITORS

Is there a Professional Qualification for Editors? In Australia since 2008, yes, there is a professional qualification for editors. The name of the qualification is ‘Accredited Editor’. What does it mean to be an Accredited Editor? Editors who have passed the accreditation exam and become certified may use the pronominal ‘AE’ – e.g. Gail Tagarro, []

ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES and other words

While Charles Darwin gave us the theory of evolution in his ground-breaking work On the Origin of Species, the subject of this blog is etymology: the origin of words and how their meanings have changed over time. This blog is not intended as an academic treatise on etymology. It does not give every single meaning []

How Can I Publish My Book … what are my options

All that hard work… Whenever I’m approaching the end of a book edit, most of my clients begin asking me the question, ‘How can I publish my book?’ So … that precious manuscript of yours that took you months, maybe years, to write, has now been professionally edited, and you’re ready for the next step. []

Evoke Reader Emotion with Compelling Characters

Thesaurus Today, I’ve just added another thesaurus to my reference book collection, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. By learning how to evoke reader emotion with compelling characters, I’m planning to improve my writing as well as help my clients with theirs. For most of my adult life, Roget’s International Thesaurus []

Writer Coaching to Develop your Writing

“Writer coaching empowers you with the tools and knowledge to write your book and evolve as a writer.” If you want to write a book but… you just can’t get started, or you’ve almost finished writing the book but you’ve come up against dreaded writer’s block, or you’ve finished writing the book but it doesn’t []

Help me Tell my Story

“ I’ve got a story in me that’s important to tell. I want to write a story but I don’t know how to start. Help me tell my story ” Does this sound like you? I’ve spoken with many people who have an important book inside them. Some people in their 70s, 80s and 90s []

Commonly Confused English Words

It’s been a while since we’ve posted an English grammar blog, so here is another on commonly confused English words. We also recommend you read the previous grammar blogs, Cool Writing Tips, Commonly Confused Word Pairs, and Desert or Dessert? More Commonly Confused Word Pairs. When revising the draft of your book, it helps to []

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