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I Demand Your Invaluable Opinion…NOW!
February 2, 2017, 2:15 pm
Filed under: Being Awesome, Books, News, Updates | Tags: , , , , ,

I have some news! I’m going to write a series of eBooks, but I’m having a hard time settling on the topic of the first one.

Here’s where you come in.

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What would you want to read about? What would you want to learn about in the writing, editing, publishing, etc., world?

Please leave any and all remarks. I aim to please, and I want to make sure that my first book is one you would want to read.



How to Survive Hitting NaNoWriMo’s Halfway Point

 It’s officially the midpoint of National Novel Writing Month: November 15.

By the end of today, you “should” have 25,000 words plastered on paper or screen. That sounds a little overwhelming to me – and I know I’m not alone.

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Successfully Getting Over the Midway Hump

To help you get over the hump that often pops up for NaNoWriMo participants around this time, I’ve compiled a list of articles with invaluable info.

Virtual Event – Don’t forget to respond!

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If you haven’t joined my virtual event on Facebook, there’s still time!
The second part of the event can be found here. Be sure to “attend” if you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo – I’ll begin sharing writing-related tips and articles on this second part of the event beginning tomorrow, November 16. Until then, I’ll continue posting in the first part of the virtual event, which can be found here.

Two Awesome NaNoWriMo-Inspired Giveaways

Love books and writing tools? Want to win some?! Then you obviously want to enter the two giveaways I’m hosting in honor of this crazy month.
Enter the Reading & Writing Treasure Trove giveaway here, and enter the Book Lover’s Paradise giveaway here. Want more info about what’s included in each prize pack? Check out this post, which outlines the specifics.

Need Some Inspiration?

It’s been a rough week, especially for those of us in the USA.

The following short film, Prophet, is both timely and thought-provoking. Give it a watch and be sure to share it if you dig it. You can also follow Prophet on Instagram and Facebook.



Questioning Your Grammar? Bookmark These Helpful Resources
May 27, 2015, 1:45 pm
Filed under: Grammar, Resources | Tags: , ,

Writing and stuck with a grammatical situation you aren’t sure how to handle? There are plenty of helpful resources (other than me, of course!) you can turn to so you can elevate your article, blog post, manuscript, etc., to Grammatically Awesome status.

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Grammar Girl – Over on QuickandDirtyTips.com, the sassy Grammar Girl doles out language rules using examples and shortcuts to make sure the rule is ingrained into your mind. If looking for the answer to a specific question, use the site’s search function to find what you need.

Dr. Grammar – Dr. Grammar has a great list of common grammar/language mistakes on the site’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

Pain in the English – Who doesn’t love a good play on words? This site is very simple to navigate, and the search function makes it easy for you to see all posts related to your grammatical issue.

Grammar Bytes – Isn’t that shark the cutest? If you haven’t clicked on the link to the left, go ahead and see that awesome shark I’m talking about. With some seriously clean web design, this site provides tons of grammar tips and tricks you can search or just browse through.

Style Guide in Use?

A final consideration before implementing any rules found on the above resources: Are you writing or editing according to a particular style guide, such as Chicago or AP? If you’re not dealing with a house style guide but are following a universal style guide and your grammar question is pretty specific, use your style’s manual to address your inquiry first. If you can’t find the answer, then check out the above resources.

Here are resources for the most common style guides:

The Chicago Manual of Style – Typically, manuscript-length pieces–that aren’t academic or scientific–are edited to adhere to this style.

Associated Press Stylebook – AP style is used primarily for journalistic content.

Purdue OWL’s MLA Style Guide – A great alternative to the print style guide of this, the Modern Language Association style.

Other Reference Books You Should Have

The Elements of Style – This is a great book that I strongly encourage you to check out and then follow the rules included. However, for trickier sentences or grammar issues, you’ll likely need to access one of the above resources.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary – Because…duh. You won’t always have access to the Internet so you can double-check a spelling.

What are some of your favorite writing resources to access when you’re stuck with a grammar question?




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