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.
For anyone who’s heard the term “new normal” one too many times and had their mind wander, this writing tip is for you. For me, it wandered to the difference between “normalcy” vs. “normality” and the question of whether one of these words is the hands-down, correct term we should all be using. What do […]
In our graphically designed worlds, we’re used to seeing lots of polished layouts. In print. On the web. Well done graphic design surrounds us. Yet, when one does this work, when one actively does the designing, how does “layout” become a verb? Art directors, designers, and publishers, this one is for you. As a noun, […]
Here’s an instance of when multiple instants combine for a lot of confusion. For instance, there might be instants when spellcheck and autocorrect betray you. It happens. And it’s in an instant like that when we have to make sure we have things right. We have powerful tools and instances of the future on our […]
If you meet someone with a certain vibrance, is that different from having a certain vibrancy? Or is one of those usages just simply not correct? One little letter sometimes makes all the difference, doesn’t it? Do you have a gut instinct here? “Vibrance” vs. “vibrancy” feels like a complicated decision. The tricky part is […]
When it comes to elections, there are so many words people don’t quite use correctly. I’m not even talking about #fakenews. That’s another story—one worth digging into with all of your curiosity and truth-seeking passion. For now, though, I’m looking at you “few” versus “less,” and there are so many more examples. How do you […]
Sometimes, we need to delve deep into heavy issues and be our best possible selves, especially in the words we use. We need to effect change. Other times, we just need to figure out the difference between “snoot” vs. “snout” because there’s got to be a difference. There wouldn’t be two words if there wasn’t […]
Maybe you know that Winnie the Pooh’s friend (and Kanga’s kid) is called “Roo,” but when it comes to “Rue” vs. “Roux” you might feel less confident. How do you spell “rue the day”? Or is it “roux the day”? Maybe little Roo’s birthday is “Roo day”? It’s time to get to some answers once […]
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.