“The Terminator” was screened at this year’s Locarno Film Festival.

A Literary Critic Trying to Survive a Film Festival

Have you heard of the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland? It’s one of the most renowned film festivals in Europe; its full of famous actresses, directors and producers, full of experienced industry professionals, well-known film critics.

And then there’s me.

I’m Karin, and I don’t know a single thing about…


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It did not end well.

It was a normal Saturday afternoon in early April — or as normal as Saturdays would get in this never-ending pandemic. The pandemic is the new normal and, as sad as that may sound, lockdowns are the new normal. In lockdown, it is normal to gain weight. …


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It means being humble, and it means being bold.

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…


This is home.

“And if eating cake is wrong, I don’t want to be right.”

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…


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Proper word choice isn’t a detail, it’s a necessity

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…


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Discover the magic of the genitive case.

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…


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The fact that fiction is not real doesn’t make it any less true.

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…


Let me introduce: my top five favourite booktubers.

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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…


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Ironically, Neal Shusterman has created a perfect dystopia.

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.

Scythe, the first book in a young adult dystopian trilogy, was published in…


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Your next writing gig might be closer than you think.

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. …

Karin A. R. Taglang

Freelance Editor • Cultural Journalist. I talk language, freelance writing, and books — in no particular order.

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