Authors: Is an MFA Right for You?

Authors: Is an MFA Right for You?

I graduated university with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA) in Creative Writing, along with a minor in English, in May of 2016. When I returned home, the people I talked to—primarily friends of my parents—were roundly happy that I graduated, but didn’t seem...
How to Make a Table of Contents in Word

How to Make a Table of Contents in Word

A table of contents is an essential part of many nonfiction books, making it easier for readers to navigate your book. Creating a table of contents (TOC) in Microsoft Word is easy. In this article, we’ll walk you through four easy steps to making a TOC in Word....
10 Great Proofreading Tools and Software Programs

10 Great Proofreading Tools and Software Programs

While there’s no replacement for a real live editor with a sharp eye, proofreading software can be a great first line of defense against common grammar and spelling errors. Whether you’re writing blog posts, news articles, novels, or just...
10 Ways to Write Better Poetry

10 Ways to Write Better Poetry

Poetry is one of the most difficult things to write well, but as in any artistic pursuit, truly great poets are not born, they’re made. Writing as much as you can and setting aside time to write are important if you want to become a better poet—but writing is...
The Difference Between Canceled and Cancelled

The Difference Between Canceled and Cancelled

Why is “canceled” sometimes spelled with two l’s? The simple answer is that “canceled” with a single l is the American spelling, and “cancelled” with two l’s is the British spelling. Various English-speaking countries...
Lay and Lie: How to Use Them Correctly

Lay and Lie: How to Use Them Correctly

Lay and lie are often confused, but they do have different meanings and uses. Lay means to put or set something down, while lie means to assume rest in a horizontal position. Writers, even experienced ones, commonly conflate these two verbs. This post will help you...