At lunch today, I sliced a tomato after removing a sticker reading “Home Grown.” To me, this means grown in someone’s garden, although I wouldn’t mind if it were grown in a farm with its own market. This tomato came from a commercial farm somewhere near here and had traveled through a distribution center before…… Continue reading Debasing the language
My first novel, Sins of Omission, is in the hands of an editor. I’ve done three revisions on my own, helped by two software programs and a word-by-word edit using Mac’s text-to-speech tools. All that plus reading the thing for what seems like the umpteenth time to see if it hangs together. Along the way, I’ve uncovered…… Continue reading The book is off to the line editor
One of the best ways to edit your writing is to read it aloud. A member of my writer’s group suggests an improvement on the technique: have the computer read to you while you follow the text to check punctuation. Both Mac and Windows operating systems have this feature under “accessibility” options. On the Mac,…… Continue reading Editing? Let your computer read to you.
Earlier, I posted about The value of critiquing the work of others. Two weeks ago, it was my turn in the barrel. The South Pittsburgh Writer’s Group critiqued the first two chapters of my WIP, Sins of Omission. I got some attaboys–“Thanks for the correct punctuation,” and “An interesting story that I will buy when…… Continue reading The value of writer’s groups
As I’ve posted before, Scrivener is my writing environment of choice. I use if for my current book project and for client reports in my consulting business. It’s chief competitor is Ulysses, which I have not used. Writer Chris Rosser uses both and provides this comparative analysis of the two. While portions are a bit…… Continue reading Scrivener vs Ulysses