Song lyrics can give a scene a particular mood or evoke a particular memory or time. They can set the tone when used as a quote at the start of a chapter. But song lyrics are copyrighted, raising the question: can you use them in your book?
Picture the scene: your characters have been pining over each other for months and they’ve finally had their first kiss. They’re ready for more. They want to, no, need to have sex, right now.
In this article I will show you how to use apostrophes to indicate missing letters and possession, and how they are used with years, time, Māori words, and abbreviations.
Following punctuation conventions when writing dialogue will give your readers a smooth reading experience. When done well, punctuation silently guides the reader so they can concentrate on what your characters are saying.
Style guides are tools editors use to help ensure consistency throughout your novel, thesis, or document.
Style sheets are tailored to a specific project. They condense the most important parts of a style guide into a user friendly document.
You don’t always have the time or luxury to pay for a proofreader so here are two tips to help you proofread your own work: listening and checklists.
File clean-up is an important part of the editing process. Before I get into the nuts and bolts of editing a document, I run a handful of global checks. One of these is searching for and deleting multiple spaces. To save your editor time, and you money, try and delete these extra spaces before you send your file to them.
My favourite books about writing and self-editing
If you’re already using Word Styles to format your documents, great! Here’s a trick that will help you get more out of Styles and improve the look and layout of your work. By modifying Word styles, you can avoid leaving your headings hanging at the bottom of a page, like this: Note, I’m using WordContinue reading “How to keep headings and body text together”
There are, broadly, three types of editing: developmental editing (also called content editing), copy editing, and proofreading. Developmental Editing Developmental editing looks at the structure of the whole book. Suggestions are made to improve the clarity, flow, and style of the overall work. While this can be time consuming, it is great to have anotherContinue reading “What kind of editing do I need?”