Lay, lie, laying, lain, etc. always get mixed up. It's hard to keep them straight since they're so similar. So, I'm going to break them down with some examples that'll hopefully clear everything up. Lay To lay means to put or set something down. The character has a thing in their hand and places it … Continue reading Is it to lie or to lay?
I walked up to you, talking about butterflies.How they formed from the uglyand morphed into a creature we could only dream of. You said something along the lines of howbutterflies can be beautiful to me,but the credence of it is more complicated than that. I tilted my head and took a step back, confused.Butterflies had … Continue reading Perception is key
“I picture the shark's grotesque face. I see her trying to wring the life out of Ailesse. She isn't majestic like the alpine ibex or beautiful like the peregrine falcon. She isn't even charming like the fire salamander. I won't mourn to see her dead. But does that mean she deserves to die?” Title: Bone … Continue reading Book review – Bone Crier’s Moon (Spoiler Free)
#5 — Misusing hyphens Besides the gray with an a vs grey with an e battle, there's one common spelling error I've often noticed while editing: hyphenated words. Sometimes we believe a word needs a hyphen when it doesn't. Or we forget the hyphen when we actually need one. It could also depend on how … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #5
Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Yogesh Mali! He said: Such a simple but good one. Here's the result: Trains have poor memories. Much poorer than you'd think they would have honestly. I met a train … Continue reading First lines given – #2
Welcome to the first First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Bree Dawn! She said: Honestly, this sentence made me laugh. Such a good prompt. Kind of nervous, but here's the result: I was supposed to learn how to … Continue reading First lines given – #1
#2 — Vagueness for tension A novel I edited recently kept saying him and his death for about twenty pages before actually explaining who he was. Instead of feeling a sense of curiosity, I was confused. I kept wondering who he was and why he mattered. I’ve run across this type of vagueness before. Some … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #2
Confused about editing? Editing has many more forms than just "editing." There is "developmental editing," "copyediting," "proofreading," and more. At the ACES conference, I learned more about developmental editing. Developmental editing is about the bigger picture. It helps the writer with their plot, scenes, voice, structure, and more. This kind of editing cares about looking … Continue reading What writers need to know about developmental editing (basics)