Welcome back to Always Looking It Up. Last time, I wrote about the use of literally. Today, my subject is split infinitives. Hands up. Who heard the rule about avoiding split infinitives before learning what an infinitive was? I’m certainly in that camp and I’m sure many others are too because… Continue Reading Always Looking It Up: Can I Split Infinitives?
We’re mere days away from the beginning of National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. As someone who’s completed the challenge of writing 50,000 words in a single month, I thought now would be a good time to share some tips for “winning” NaNoWriMo. Make Writing A Priority Aside from actually… Continue Reading How To Win NaNoWriMo
I first came across the term multipotentialite about a year ago on Twitter and it immediately struck a chord with me. The idea of having multiple potentials was intriguing for someone starting their own business. I saw it and thought, am I a multipotentialite? What is a multipotentialite? Multipotentiality, according… Continue Reading Editors and Multipotentiality
I’m feeling a little drained this week, so I only have a short post today. But, it’s about some of my favourite online resources, so hopefully, it’ll give you some new things to check out (or old things to revisit). Copyediting.com Even though I’m not a paying subscriber (for now), I… Continue Reading A Few of My Favourite Online Writing/Editing Resources
Last month, Neil Gaiman tweeted about his love of the word literally. He said that it’s the only word we have that “means both ‘actually’ and ‘I am speaking about something that definitely didn’t happen.’” I think the reason why I take pleasure in the many meanings of “literally”, is… Continue Reading Always Looking It Up: Can I Use Literally As An Intensifier?
I came across The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, & Earn Your Audience by Chuck Wendig while browsing the reference section at Chapters. (Yes, I browse in the reference section.) It stuck out from the books around it because of its format and gritty cover design, so… Continue Reading Chuck Wendig’s The Kick-Ass Writer
Editors ensure correctness and consistency. We learn the rules of grammar and syntax, and enforce them where they’re relevant and make exceptions when they’re not. Many of us have style rules memorized, but there’s a saying among editors: “when in doubt, look it up.” This is the editor’s version of… Continue Reading Always Looking It Up
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King is a book that comes up often when discussing writing advice or books about writing. I’ve been told countless times that I should read it, despite those recommending it knowing that I have not read any of King’s novels. So,… Continue Reading On Stephen King’s On Writing
Back in July, I finished the 100 Day Project, an endeavour adapted from Michael Beirut’s graphic design workshop at Yale School of Art and popularized by author and artist Elle Luna. My project, 100 Ladies of Literature, was an effort to reconnect with my creative roots and learn about the women who… Continue Reading Forming Creative Habits: Lessons from The 100 Day Project
Ah, September… Will there ever come a time when I don’t feel like this month marks a new beginning? Maybe when I stop taking courses. Maybe never, since running a writing and editing business pretty much means I’m always learning in some form or another. Professional development for the win! Anyway,… Continue Reading September and Fresh Starts