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’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
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
A year ago today, I officially left my day job to begin freelancing full time. Before then, I’d been doing small editing and writing jobs here and there, so I already knew that I would enjoy doing the work. Still, leaving the security of a full-time office job was a… Continue Reading Reflections on a Year of Freelancing – Part One
The topic of whether or not to join a writing group gets the same kinds of responses as asking about sharing unfinished writing. Some see it as an invaluable tool for motivating themselves to write and improve, while others see it as unhelpful or even detrimental to the writing process.… Continue Reading Pros and Cons of Joining A Writing Group