He Said, She Said: Grammar and Options in Dialogue

He Said, She Said: Grammar and Options in Dialogue

We all have habits, things we do repeatedly and automatically, usually without thinking. We buy the same clothes in the same colors. We order the same dish at a restaurant. We watch the same TV programs. Writers have habits too. Dedicating time to write each day is a good habit. Reading great works of literature is a good habit. But unthinking overuse of certain words is a bad habit. This lack of creativity often shows up as repetitive “dialogue tags” (verbs that indicate who is speaking)—usually the word “said.”

Common Grammar Myths You Should Ignore in Your Writing

Common Grammar Myths You Should Ignore in Your Writing

Traditional advice about English grammar is full of rules and suggestions, including many that accomplish little more than inhibit the communication abilities of writers who feel bullied to conform. Novices in a new domain might make it their goal to follow every rule...
List of Nonfiction Book Editors

List of Nonfiction Book Editors

List of Nonfiction Book Editors Here’s our list of nonfiction book editors that are available for freelance editing work. If you’re not sure how to work with an editor, what questions to ask them, or how to choose the best editor for your project, check...
7 Common Editing Mistakes and How To Fix Them

7 Common Editing Mistakes and How To Fix Them

Editors are busy, time-constrained professionals who read all day long. With only so many hours in the day, your editor wants to focus on helping you create amazing story arcs and deep, engaging characters. She does not want to spend her valuable time fixing your...