Kris Spisak was recently interviewed by Writer’s Digest about her new book, The Novel Editing Workbook, and more.
Kris and The Novel Editing Workbook were featured on episode 493 of The Creative Penn Podcast: “Writing Tips: How To Self-Edit Your Novel”
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”
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.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass, Anne Frank… so many before us have told their stories and changed the world. Stories touch us, shape us, and make us think. Brands use them, as do world leaders. It’s been true for millennia. And now it’s your turn. Write down your story. Add your voice to the conversation.
Oh, I know, you’ve got this. You’ve mastered “affect” vs. “effect.” You didn’t even need Get a Grip on Your Grammar to teach you the difference between this tricky pair. But then came this moment in your life, and you’re ready to “effect change” in the world (or are you ready to “affect change” in […]
If only the English language was cut and dry—or is it “cut and dried”? Oh no. It’s another expression that you probably felt really confident about until I raised the question. And now it’s ping-ponging back and forth in your mind. “Cut and Dry” vs. “Cut and Dried” vs. “Cut-and-Dry” vs. “Cut-and-Dried.” What is the […]
So this is my four hundredth writing tip. Cue the confetti shaped like commas? The party horns? The shout-outs about my books and my newsletter, ready for more readers and subscribers? I admittedly thought about it, but I’ll save the hoopla for another day. With so much going on in the world at the moment, […]
Sometimes this writing stuff is serious business. And sometimes, it’s finally realizing that yes, there is a difference between “emoji” vs. “emoticon.” One of these words somehow even feels a bit “old school” already. Weird, huh? Is this a writing rule that your past grammar teachers would have been strict about? Probably not. Depending on […]
There’s nothing like the pride of earning that diploma after years of hard work, but there can be little more embarrassing than making a mistake when talking about your well earned degree. Is it a “bachelors degree” or a “bachelor’s degree”? Is it a “masters degree” or a “master’s degree”? Since the youngest of your […]
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 […]
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.