It should be pretty easy to remember how to use an apostrophe since there are so few uses. An apostrophe is used to show possession and omission. Yet, this tiny punctuation hook seems to cause a lot of problems for writers. Pronouns do not need an apostrophe when showing possession. Your opinion is yours. For … Continue reading Apostrophe Use and Abuse
Yes, yes it does. Even the form of creativity and due diligence. The book cover is complete. The printer is printing my hard copy proofs as I type. All I had to do today was get up and upload my finished book onto Amazon and Kobo. And yet, here I sit, typing a blog post. … Continue reading Procrastination takes many forms
Having been educated in Canada, we learned proper Canadian spelling (years ago!) but were influenced by an onslaught of American writing since. We teeter on the precipice between the Motherland and Big Brother. Our spellcheck program may be loyal to one country and Grammarly to another. (What do those squiggly red lines under some words … Continue reading Proudly Canadian?
What the heck is a pilcrow? Every time you hit “Enter” on your keyboard, you create a pilcrow. You just can’t see it. To see it, look up to the middle of your toolbar in whatever document program you’re writing in, and click on the symbol like the one to the left of this post. … Continue reading Hidden Characters
That's right! It's that time of year again. When writers commit to write an entire novel in the month of November. Often 50,000 words is the target. But not me. Not this year. NaNoWriMo is now NaNoRevisionMo. While Maraya is editing the first of a series of 3 yoga manuscripts of mine, I will be … Continue reading NaNoWriMo
As a writing teacher and freelance editor, I’m expected to abide by and teach the rules of “proper” written communication. Well … which ones? And, who made those rules anyway? I imagine a small group of wizened representatives of the patriarchy huddled around a substantial oak table in a dusty library like one you might … Continue reading Arbitrary Rules