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American vs. British

Admittedly, the different standards between American and British dialect used to confuse/go without my notice when I first started writing. I was so used to what I would read in my own books, that any diversions just seemed wrong to me. Only after I started getting involved in online writing communities and communicating with writers... Continue Reading →


We use appositives all the time; they're the nouns or noun phrase we use for clarification. Basically, they rename a noun used before it to offer more information for the reader. Most of us know that instinctively, but a lot of the suggestions I make as an editor is about punctuation. Now determining whether an... Continue Reading →

Repetitive Beginnings

A common mistake newer writers, as well as established ones, are guilty of is starting every sentence the same way; for instance, beginning with the word "I." For me, it's either "I" or "So" or any other transition word that I subconsciously type while thinking of what to write next. It's that brief pause in... Continue Reading →

10 Ways To Remain Sane While Writing

J. Patterson Doyle

Feeling over-stressed? Overwhelmed by responsibilities and edits and runaway characters? Let’s face it. Writers work hard — and we don’t know when to stop. Instead we push ourselves until we’re threatened by burnout.

Here are 10 ways to remain sane while writing.

10. Make a schedule. I’m not a list maker, but I’ve found that a set schedule is essential for fitting in enough writing time. Otherwise? I spend too much time scrolling social media.

9. Read, read, read! Schedule regular breaks away from your writing to read and refresh your creative juices. After all, books fuel a writer’s mind like nothing else.

8. Feeling stuck? Give the story time to brew in the back of your mind. There’s a chance it’s premature and not ready to be written. Give it a chance to develop in your subconscious.

7. Can’t figure out your story? Afraid to take those first steps…

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GPS: Helper or Hinderer?

So, I was listening to Elvis Duran on my way to work the other morning, and one of the topics proposed was how dependent we've become on our GPS. During the time frame they were discussing, I felt there were several valid points made by each of the members. Beginning with Elvis talking about finding... Continue Reading →

Instagram Interaction Rates

I have to admit that I don't use instagram, and to be honest, I'm not much of a social media fanatic. But I find it surprising that rates are lower, because when I check my facebook status, it seems like more of the pictures that people are posting are coming from their instagram accounts, then... Continue Reading →


After learning that millions of people watch the super bowl each year, it wasn’t hard to believe why showing a 30 second commercial costs so much. My next thought was, what a gamble it must be then, to be in advertising, and have to make the decision about what would be good enough to promote... Continue Reading →

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