Let’s Not Use Lets, Please?

Let’s Not Use Lets, Please?

In a 2024 NY Times opinion piece entitled, Lets (sic) Chill Out About Apostrophes, John McWhortera postulated that apostrophes should only be used when the context is not sufficient to portray meaning. His argument that our language got “along just fine without...
Writing Prompt: Summertime and the Living Is Easy

Writing Prompt: Summertime and the Living Is Easy

Here’s a writing prompt for you today: summertime! What does summer evoke for you? Good feelings? Bad? Does it make you think of a carefree childhood? A horrible time at camp? Your parents getting drunk? Surviving the city swelter? Mosquito bites? Ice cream? Songs?...
Promote Others and Help Yourself

Promote Others and Help Yourself

Authors are not in competition, we’re on the same team! A reader can finish the average book in 5-6 hours. An author can’t expect only their book to make their audience happy. Our readers need need MORE books! Promote other authors. Make their stories...
Five Ways to Write (Almost) Flawlessly

Five Ways to Write (Almost) Flawlessly

I’ll let you in on a secret: I made a glaring error in my second book. And, why? Because I was arrogant and myopic, and probably a little stupid. Thankfully, that writer has grown up a bit and her writing has, too. I cringe when I think how confident I was when...
When Memory Doesn’t ‘Pan Out’ With Reality

When Memory Doesn’t ‘Pan Out’ With Reality

In Prince Harry’s book Spare, there are some glaring errors that I blame his ghostwriter for not fixing. The ghostwriter’s job is not just to relay the story given to them by making it readable and enjoyable, but also to fact-check the subject’s...