Chaos, panic, other people, and getting it done!

At the time I’m writing this I have (at least) four big projects going, including: getting the finish work done on a book, getting a new chainmail project set out, putting together a story for a national completion, and gearing up for writing the third novel in a trilogy. I also have my wife atContinue reading “Chaos, panic, other people, and getting it done!”

Story in fiction and nonfiction

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten is that nonfiction should be written so that it tells a story. But… story is a fiction thing! Actually “story” can be a fiction thing, but it is also a way of organizing information. In a story you have a beginning, middle, and end. InContinue reading “Story in fiction and nonfiction”

More reading and writing…

I’d like to thank the people who liked and responded to last week’s post about reading and writing. Since the post went up I’ve had a couple of interesting discussions on the subject. So, I’m adding a little bit more this week. I mentioned I was finishing up Steven King’s On Writing. I’m not quiteContinue reading “More reading and writing…”

Reading and writing

Reading and writing are two different sides of an exchange of ideas. If you are going to do the writing side well, then you have to understand what the project looks like from the reading side including format, language use, punctuation, voice, etc. The way you learn about what things look like from the reading side is to read.

1000 is just a number (but it’s a useful number)

Just a short one this week dear reader; lots going on. But, even when there is a lot going on, if you’re going to be a writer it’s kind of important to write… There is an idea floating around out there that if you want to write a book you should write 1000 words aContinue reading “1000 is just a number (but it’s a useful number)”

Team Oxford Comma?

I know… It would sound weird to my younger self too, but the deeper I go into writing and editing I’m gaining an appreciation for the Oxford comma. Once, as a youngster, I learned that that comma before an ‘and’ in lists really wasn’t necessary. It was optional and something the old guys did, soContinue reading “Team Oxford Comma?”

Editorial Choices…

As always I’m working on a couple of my own writing projects. At the same time my wife and I have been working on some editing projects to help a couple of other writers. This has all gotten me thinking about the choices I can make and actions I can take as an editor… YouContinue reading “Editorial Choices…”

Lessons learned from editing and commentary

Yep, I’ve been quiet on the blog for a little longer that I intended, but things have been busy… In the last couple of weeks I’ve been working hard on helping a client get his doctoral dissertation into shape for his defense and for eventual publication. It’s been hard enough going that I even slowedContinue reading “Lessons learned from editing and commentary”

New projects

I’ve said we’re going to do and talk about some new stuff here and we talked about one last week. This week we’ve got another one that I hadn’t quite expected to be announcing. Within the last week or so we have taken on a couple of new editing projects. On my side of theContinue reading “New projects”

Keyboards and pruning shears

Some people might not see how yard work ties in with the writing process, but it does. It’s not just in some strange scene or subgenre, and it’s not because I’m more or less always thinking about writing. Step one planning and prep. Sometimes you get really really lucky and a plant or story growsContinue reading “Keyboards and pruning shears”