Can you guess the single most important resource of an editor? It’s not the dictionary, the computer, or the red pen. It’s not their language skills or their knowledge of the subject or genre.
It’s the author’s trust.
If you’re editing a book, paper, or even just a blog post for an author who doesn’t trust you, you’re wasting your time. There is no point in doing the work, as the author will not implement any of the changes you suggest.
If you’ve ever written anything other than a diary entry or an e-mail, you know writers are protective of their work. They get attached to certain words, phrases, or pieces of content. If they’re going to take someone’s advice on what to change (and especially on what to cut out), it better come from a person they trust. …
2020 probably wasn’t the best year for any of us. Just like everybody else, I’ve had the very essence of my existence taken away from me. What is a competitive dancer without competitions? What is a teacher without students?
I’m sure many people have had it a million times worse. I still have a job, a roof over my head, and enough coffee in my cupboard. So who am I to complain?
But 2020 has forced me to reconsider my life choices, to find out what is truly important to me. …
If you’re anything like me, you don’t really think about every word you use when writing the first draft of anything. You have a story in your head, something to say. So you let it flow onto the page without much filtering.
If you obsess over every single word before writing it down, you will never get anything finished. Thus, analyzing your word choice should be part of your editing process rather than your writing process.
Taking a look at your word choice is crucial if you want to make your work the very best it can be.
Every word has its primary meaning(s), but also its connotations. Many words serve multiple purposes, have multiple meanings, and might function differently depending on their linguistic environment. …
Yes, I am aware that no one likes talking about grammar. But if you call yourself a writer, there is no way around it. Sorry to break it to you.
Grammar doesn’t need to be boring, though. Don’t think of it as a rigid set of rules to follow. Think of it as a means of improving your style, and then use it to do just that. Sometimes, a single change will do wonders for your writing and make any text seem much more professional.
There is a famous saying in German:
Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod.
It translates to “dative is the death of genitive” and illustrates the very thing it says: that the dative case makes the genitive case redundant. …
My massage therapist recently told me that she doesn’t like reading fiction because it is “not real”. She is an avid reader of biographies, memoirs, and other genres — as long as they’re non-fiction.
As a great lover of fiction, I couldn’t believe what I heard. I had never met anyone unwilling to read stories because of their being fictional before.
Sure, there are a lot of people who don’t read fiction, but most of them don’t because they lack the necessary time or patience. …
Do you plan to read more books this year? Did you read 27 articles on how to read more, without any results? Are you starting to get frustrated because a whole month has passed already and you haven’t read any more yet?
If that’s you, don’t worry.
Firstly, you’re not alone, and secondly, I’ve got one ultimate tip for you here. If you’re struggling to fall in love with reading, to find books you really want to read, and to stay motivated to actually read them, let me tell you this:
Booktube is your friend.
This awesome subsection of Youtube is where you want to go to solve your reading problems. There is a whole bunch of passionate readers to share their love of books with you. …
After the huge success of The Hunger Games, the time for young adult dystopian literature seemed to be over. On the rise were newer genres like urban fantasy or fantasy in general.
Until Neil Shusterman wrote Scythe.
Why should you care, you ask?
You might have read all of the dystopian classics like George Orwell’s 1984 and no longer thirst for the genre, or you might never have read it in the first place. …
Have you ever used content mills like Upwork or Freelancer to find clients? If you have, your experience is likely to resemble my own:
You spend most of your time bidding on projects, along with at least twenty other freelancers who offer their services at ridiculously low rates. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few who lands higher-paying jobs, but chances are you’re not.
In that case, you will never make any decent money off one-time clients who are unwilling to pay a fair price for your work.
I know the struggle.
I’ve tried it this way for several years now, but the global English-language writing market is just too large and too competitive. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t make the kind of income I was striving for, so I finally decided to try a different approach. …
Every writer must also be a reader. This fact is universally accepted by many great authors. I’m sure you know this famous quote by Stephen King:
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
So if every writer is also a reader, does the same apply the other way around? Is every reader also a writer?
The obvious answer is no, of course not. Lots of people just like to read without ever writing anything themselves. Swiss author Melinda Nadj Abonji would disagree. …
Frances is a typical 21-year-old millennial: She prefers e-mails and online chats to real human interactions because the former allow her to leave things unanswered.
She has commitment issues and struggles with her personal identity. Everything she believes and thinks about herself comes from comparisons with other people, especially her best friend and ex-girlfriend Bobbi.
Bobbi is more beautiful, more self-confident, more popular. Accordingly, Frances sees herself as unattractive, awkward, and puts herself into social isolation.
Frances is an unreliable narrator of the old school, even though the author Sally Rooney is a modern writer. …