In February, Kris Spisak was interviewed by Writer’s Digest about her new book, The Novel Editing Workbook, and more.
Get a Grip on Your Grammar is now available in hardback! (M.J. Fine, 2020)
The Novel Editing Workbook was featured on publishing industry guru Jane Friedman’s blog: “When Revising Your Novel, Look for These 4 Problem Areas”
Everyone has a story. In this moment of history, take a few minutes to capture your day-to-day. Journal it. Start with today’s date. Then record all of the details you can think of. Your future self will thank you for it. #WriteItDown. And if you need a partner on this journey, I’m here for you. Follow along with me on YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter.
Who says conversations about words have to be boring or involve the grammar police? Definitely not me. Based on my book, Get a Grip on Your Grammar, my Grammartopia® program is designed for student, professional, creative writing, or general audiences who want to elevate their writing skills and be entertained in the process.
Respect. It’s a concept we need to internalize to bring our words of passion into words that can elevate the world rather than ones that tear it down. Let’s step it up a notch, people.
It’s widely understood that carrots can keep your eyesight healthy, but as an editor, I’d argue that carets can help your eyes see better too (or they can at least help you notice things you might not have seen before). As for karats and carats, I suppose a certain amount of bling can make anything […]
Recognizing and thanking those who have helped you out along the way is always a good thing—whether in your essay research, your book writing journey, or in everyday life—but wait, how do you spell that word? “Acknowledgments” or “Acknowledgements”? Spellcheck won’t help you. Again. Darn spellcheck. The answer doesn’t harken back to a complex etymology […]
You know what’s weird? “Daylight Savings Time” is not the correct name for when we shift our clocks an hour back or forward, but it feels like it’s more commonly said than than the correct version, which is “Daylight Saving Time” (DST). Did you catch the difference? It should be “Saving,” not “Savings.” “Saving” is […]
Whether you’re creating your succession plan or your secession plan, it’s good to think it through—yes, even with your spelling. Even the best of ideas can fall through without the right attention to detail. Maybe you’ve learned that the hard way. Maybe you’ve learned it by a typo hitting you in the face. (This is […]
David Bowie might have steered us wrong on this one, folks. And I suppose “steering” is a part of the problem. When distinguishing between a “maze” and a “labyrinth,” some sources argue that these words are synonyms, but it’s important to note that many others do not. Yep, some word comparisons are simpler than others, […]
I have dreams of someday someone opening up my grammar book and saying, “dude, that’s sick,” with “sick” meaning awesome. If they said, “it’s [sic],” I’d be super bummed. So bummed I would “sick” or “sic” a dog after them? No. That seems a bit over the top, don’t you think? But I needed to […]
I find it fascinating when typos are so common that online stores consider them and can redirect these mistakes to what you actually need. Maybe home improvement stores do this with spigots already when someone searches for a “spicket,” but what’s gotten my attention lately is the mistake of “manila” vs. “vanilla” folders. Do you […]
Authors on Editing Interviews
In celebration of the publication of Get a Grip on your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused (Career Press, 2017), I launched a blog interview series with talented writers working across multiple genres and forms, from fiction to nonfiction to poetry to business writing to journalism and more. No matter what you write, you’ll learn a lot from their insights on their editing processes.
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