To pour one’s imagination, passion, and soul into a world woven by words – such is the work of a truly exceptional writer. While it’s merely a pastime for some, it can also be a taxing responsibility for those who are truly devoted to their craft. Those who contribute to the crime genre, for instance, must conduct a great deal of research or even seek real-life experiences to deliver believable masterpieces. [Read more…]
If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we’re huge fans of the Oxford comma. As we often like to say, “You can have my Oxford comma when you pry it from my cold, dead, and lifeless hands.”
Whoever said this must be feeling pretty good about himself right now – and we are, too.
What’s going on? [Read more…]
Finishing a novel is difficult enough as it is. Getting it published is another story. Hitting the bestseller list is entering a whole new world altogether.
We know that many authors we look up to didn’t hit the jackpot immediately. Some had to experience rejection more times than you can count. Many had to face criticism that would kill the fainthearted.
And then there are those whose work became famous only after the writers had passed away. [Read more…]
Rejoice, members of the Grammar Police. It’s your day today. Let’s hereby declare that you can correct anyone – online and offline – without repercussions. Of course, those you correct may disagree, but who cares? It’s National Grammar Day today.
In honor of this momentous occasion, Grammarly did a study to profile a Grammar Troll. [Read more…]
There is no doubt that there are tons of writing benefits. For us who make a writing living, the foremost one is making money to pay the bills.
But there’s more to writing than having an income, and science has something to say about that.
In an infographic put together by Global English Editing, the health benefits of writing are outlined. The premise is that writing benefits not only the mind, but the body and spirit as well. [Read more…]
We love quotes. Quotes are fun. They inspire. They make you laugh. They make you think. And of the most popular quotes for writers is “Write drunk, edit sober”. It needs no explaining, and it sounds absolutely good.
I learned one thing today, though. While it has been attributed to Ernest Hemingway, it seems that the writer didn’t really say/write it. Sure, he liked his drink, but no evidence has been found to prove that. [Read more…]
No doubt you’ve heard of “experience vacations” or “experiences packages”. It’s no surprise that they’ve become popular in recent times. You can choose whatever experience you prefer, or you can gift a package to your friends, loved ones, and colleagues – all the while giving them the freedom of choosing what they actually want to do. Move over ugly Christmas sweaters and unwanted trinkets!
With the holidays coming up (okay, Halloween before Christmas), we thought it would be the perfect time to give away an experience package that you can use however you want. Because freelancers need a break, too! [Read more…]
I have a feeling I’m going to get in trouble with this post’s title, but I have to admit that I didn’t come up with it. It’s the exact title of a post featuring an infographic created by the guys at The Expert Editor (who sent me this tip). A title that will catch attention for sure – whether positive or not, I’m sure I’ll find out soon.
On that note, I want to bring up an alternative title: 13 Grammar Mistakes Sexy People Don’t Make.
After all, they say that proper use of grammar is sexy.
Should I just stop now, and go straight to the common grammar mistakes we don’t make (or shouldn’t be making)?
Yes. I think I’ll do that. [Read more…]
As a freelancer, there are few things more important than protecting your work and, by extension, your career. This can be difficult to do -especially if you work in creative spheres – because many people honestly believe that everything they find online is “fair use.” We, of course, know better. So how do you keep the randos from stealing your hard work and using it for their own gain?
Here are a few tips that have helped us. [Read more…]
Writing inspiration is all around us, everywhere we look. That guy at the next table at the coffee shop who’s alone and reading a book instead of playing with his phone. That little girl at the park sitting on the grass staring at a tree. That sparrow who is pecking at the crumbs of your cheesecake.
Books. Blog posts. TV shows. And, yes, movies.
Even if these materials aren’t specifically about writing, we can still glean inspiration from them. Today, I’m sharing watching material for movie buffs – or even the casual movie watcher. I’ve seen some of these movies, while the others are on my watch list. [Read more…]