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Friday the 13th and other (writing) superstitions

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It's Friday the 13th! You know what's funny? I don't consider myself a particularly superstitious person, but Friday the 13th still holds a mysterious symbolism for me. I don't necessarily equate it with anything evil or dangerous, personally, and the number 13 doesn't strike me as particularly lucky or unlucky. (Indeed, I find it funny that people stopped labeling the 13th floors of buildings Continue Reading...

Violence in Chicago: Do #BlackLivesMatter? #AtoZChallenge

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Visitors to Chicago may rightly ask: What's the deal with all the gun violence? When you've got Spike Lee making a movie about your city's levels of shootings, and an international nickname like "Chi-raq," I think it's important to shine a light on this issue, and not just skim over it like it doesn't exist. They say Black Lives Matter. But in Chicago, it really doesn't seem like anyone Continue Reading...

How to Write Better Nonfiction: A Nonfiction Authors Association teleseminar

Did you know that the Nonfiction Authors Association offers two free monthly teleseminars to help members learn more about writing, publishing and marketing their books? Well guess what? They do! Today’s teleseminar featured Stacy Ennis on How to Write Better Nonfiction. What I learned today Stacy stressed that the key to writing better nonfiction is... OUTLINING! I know, Continue Reading...

Top 10 reasons to count every word

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I've been tracking my daily word counts since January 1 as part of my participation in 10 Minute Novelists' 365K Club, and I have to say that I'm an enthusiastic convert. It's a simple thing that really makes all the difference. So I've compiled a list of the top 10 reasons why you should be counting every word. "What gets measured gets managed" - According to Peter Drucker (a management Continue Reading...

Word Crimes: Erotica misspellings that bring out my inner dominatrix

In my spare time, I moonlight as an editor. Which is probably why I still find Weird Al's "Word Crimes" video amusing. https://youtu.be/8Gv0H-vPoDc But even if you don't care much for grammar, spelling, or finding exactly the right word for your purple prose, I think this video calls attention to several Internet writing problems. For one thing, B, C, R and U are words. As Weird Al Continue Reading...