The Writer-Editor Relationship

The Writer-Editor Relationship: a Case Study I am currently working with a first-time writer, Robyn (not her real name), as mentor and developmental editor on her fiction manuscript in the ‘chick lit’ genre. I thought it would be helpful for other writers to read about the writer-editor relationship in this context. Mini appraisal We began with []

Ghostwriting Australia

What is a ghostwriter? A ghostwriter is a writer who writes books, stories, blogs, magazine articles, or any other written content that will officially be attributed to another person – the credited author or ‘commissioner’. Why use ghostwriting services? Sportspeople, politicians, celebrities, and businesspeople are the traditional users of ghostwriting services. While these people are []

Four Things Writers Need to Know about Book Editors

The relationship between a writer and their editor is crucial to the success of every book. Ideally, writers and editors should work collaboratively, sharing the same ideas and goals. But of course, partnerships are only successful if both partners understand each other’s roles. The professional book editor’s role is to understand what it takes to []

Creative Writing Ideas for Children and Teenagers

How do writers write? How do you write? Where do creative writing ideas come from?  Creative kids are everywhere. I’m always astonished at the sophistication of some young people’s writing. You can find a lot of good writing by young writers on the social media sites like Instagram and Facebook. Do you like to write? Even []

Have Fun Playing with Unusual Words in Your Writing

I seldom avoid using a word in my writing only because I’m concerned a reader might not understand it. Dictionaries exist to look up words, and a good dictionary is an invaluable resource. Encouraging children to read, teaching them how to look up words in the dictionary and showing them how a thesaurus works help []

Five Creative Steps for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Many authors experience writer’s block at times. Writer’s block attracts a plethora of helpful and not-so-helpful solutions, among them suggestions to take a break from writing, go for a walk, drink coffee…the list goes on. These solutions apply to solving issues with boredom or procrastination – which is fine if one of these happens to []

Learn from the best like Hemingway and other great writers

How four great authors including Hemingway write Writing is hard Putting words on paper, and making those words meaningful and appealing to readers, is one of the most challenging tasks a writer can undertake, and even renowned authors struggle. So it’s time to learn from the best like Hemingway and other great writers! To inspire []

Desert or Dessert? More commonly confused word pairs

Desert or dessert? More commonly confused word pairs How do you know when to use desert or dessert? It’s or its? Fewer or less? These are some of the commonly confused word pairs that this blog sets out to explain. We give clear examples of when to use which word. Enjoy the discussion on Desert or dessert, []

Countable nouns Uncountable nouns Dangling modifiers

What are countable and uncountable nouns? And what on earth are dangling modifiers? Countable nouns Uncountable nouns Dangling modifiers Countable and uncountable nouns   In my previous blog, Commonly Confused Word Pairs, I referred to countable and uncountable nouns, and said I would go into detail in this blog. Countable nouns are easy to explain and to recognise. Simply []

Commonly Confused Word Pairs

In my first blog COOL WRITING TIPS, I discussed some commonly confused word pairs. Some of these word pairs are mainly confused in written English, sometimes mainly in spoken English, and in some cases, in both. I offer here some more examples and tips with yet more commonly confused word pairs, to help improve your []

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