How I Edit Different Writing Styles

One question people often have about editing is how I deal with different writing styles. An author’s writing style can also be referred to as the author’s “voice.” If you read enough books by the same author, you might start to recognize a general flow of the writing. That is the author’s voice coming through. It’s their personal […]

The Power of an Abstract

In my day job, I edit a scholarly journal. Potential authors submit an article for consideration. I read it, and it is also anonymously reviewed by members of my editorial board. Then I write back to the author with a recommendation for or against publication, along with comments about the article and specific suggestions for […]

Find and Destroy: My Secret Trick to Eliminating Word Overuse

[source] Today I want to share with you my favorite editing tip for eliminating word overuse! I wrote about the topic of word overuse previously in my post on spot treatment: removing word repetition, and I’m not the only person to write a post on this issue, but what I haven’t talked about yet is […]

Grammar Tip: Should You Use Double Punctuation?!

Hello! Welcome to Grammar Tip Tuesday, where I bring you a (hopefully) helpful grammar tip so that you can be smarter than everyone else. Today’s tip will be short and sweet and concerns a personal pet peeve of mine: double punctuation. Example: “You mean you’re breaking up with me?!” Note the use of an exclamation […]

I Finished My Novel! Now What? (Part 3): Self-Editing

Part 1: Advice from a Published Author | Part 2: Proofreading and Beta Readers We’ve come to the part in this series that makes writers tremble in their slippered feet: the dreaded revision stage. I think revision is only thought of with dread by those writers who don’t understand how freeing it is to chop and […]