Mar 25

March 25, 2013

Laurie Childree

Getting to Know Laurie Childree

From the desk of Red Dwyer: Creative people are so very interesting. Watching them metamorphose from a writer of assignments to an author of books. Laurie Childree is a prolific writer turned prolific author. With her new book, Observations Obsessions Oddities, debuting on 01APR13, I asked her a question which leads to interesting answers. She did not disappoint. Listen to what Laurie answered to Why do you write?

Posted in Authors, Editor

Mar 18

March 18, 2013

Liz Campbell

Getting to Know Liz Campbell

From the desk of Red Dwyer: It is not often editors get to work with those multi-talented enough to not only write books but also create beautiful cover art for their books and those of others. Liz Campbell is one such multi-talented artist. When I asked her Why do you write? I was prepared for an answer with art in the mix. Do you think I was right? See what Liz has to say.

Posted in Authors, Editor

Jan 28

January 28, 2013

Red Dwyer

Getting to Know Red Dwyer

From the desk of Valentine Logar: As an acolyte of Red, I have abundant opportunities to ask her questions I am not the only one who wants the answers. I wanted to know her answer for one of the questions she asks everyone else.

Posted in Authors, Editor

Jan 14

January 14, 2013

MJ Logan

Getting to Know MJ Logan

From the desk of Red Dwyer: Flash Fictioneer MJ Logan is an accomplished author and freelancer. When I goaded him just a bit, he was willing to tell me why he writes. Welcome MJ, and take a look out his window.

Posted in Authors, Editor

Jan 7

January 7, 2013

Bearman Cartoons Caricature of Gail Thornton

Getting to Know Gail Thornton

From the desk of Red Dwyer: As publishing editor, I am afforded the opportunity to get to know authors on a much more intimate basis than many fans. As an exercise to acquaint more people with the phenomenal authors I know, I have asked them to speak. Specifically, I wanted to know why they write. No, not in that tone of voice. Genuinely, why do authors write? Gail Thornton, author of The Girl in the Iron Lung and The Regret of a…

Posted in Authors, Editor

Dec 20

December 20, 2012

Comparatives

Comparatively Speaking

Some words are commonly mistaken for other similar words or homophones. To ease the confusion, refer to the hints and tricks to remember which word is appropriate.

Posted in Better Writing, Editor

Dec 20

December 20, 2012

Semicolon

Semicolons

Semicolons are essential to complex and entertaining writing. Using semicolons properly enhances the reader’s experience by providing breaks in the action which clarify, combine and characterize.

Posted in Grammarian, Punctuation

Dec 20

December 20, 2012

Homophones

Homophones

A homophone is a word which is pronounced like another word with a different spelling and meaning. Words which sound alike are often confused. Choosing the incorrect spelling of a homophone can drastically change the meaning of what you write.

Posted in Better Writing, Editor

Dec 20

December 20, 2012

blue pencil

Brevity: Top 3 Ways to be Succinct

Wordiness obfuscates concepts. Simple sentences in plain language engage readers in the content rather than exercise their brains attempting to parse the language. Three very simple techniques are quick ways to trim words without trimming meaning.

Posted in Better Writing, Editor

Dec 20

December 20, 2012

tomato

Commonly Confused Nouns & Verbs

One of the first items on your editor’s agenda is to make sure you really meant to say what you wrote. Writing the wrong word when you meant something else will confuse, irritate and frustrate your readers. Often, nouns and verbs which sound similar are confused for one another. This quick guide will help you choose the right word.

Posted in Better Writing, Editor