You Can Move the Door

When my engineer hubby and I decided it was time to build a house, we spent a lot of time working on all the details. We chose everything from paint color to faucets. After a lot of hard work–we painted the whole interior ourselves–we had exactly the house we dreamed of owning. Except for one […]

Writing Fear Free: Critiques

Books are not babies, but hearing criticism of a newborn manuscript can often feel almost as personal. Yes, I’m at the critique stage of the writing process. And yes, it’s still difficult sometimes. Writers put a great deal of work, time, and heart into a manuscript, and it is scary to think all that might […]

Be Kind to Copy Editors Day

Copy editors take a lot of grief. I know. I’ve been doing this job for ten years. And now that I’ve written and published a book, I can honestly say that I have experienced the editorial process from all angles. I know how it feels to have your work marked up and to see changes […]

Writing Fear Free: Punctuation and Style

When I first began copy editing, I did not truly understand style, and probably, I am still growing in my comprehension of it. But because grammar, punctuation, and style can be stumbling blocks to writing fear free, I wanted to share what I’ve learned so far. A writer’s first goal should be communication. Not only are we […]

Writing Fear Free: NaNoWriMo Week 4

And down the stretch they come…. This is the last week, the deadline is looming large, and you are racing toward the finish line. You are almost there! Yippeee! Last week, you reached the climax of your novel’s action and began the slide to the conclusion. This week, you’ll reach that most satisfying words of a novelist’s […]