• The Rules of the Sneaky Serial Comma

    By Rebecca Garland on May 23, 2013
    If there was ever a piece of punctuation to give us all fits, it’s the comma. When do you use it? When are you using it too much? Do I need a comma there? Correct comma usage causes endless questions simply because there are so many rules. Let’s worry about one comma in particular – the serial, or Oxford, comma. […]
  • From Struggling Writer to Solid Writer and Beyond

    By Rebecca Garland on May 9, 2013
    As an English teacher, I have a strategy that usually works for struggling and reluctant writers. If they claim to not be able to write something, I ask them to tell me the story or response to address the prompt. Then, after they tell me a sentence or two, I repeat it back to a student and tell him to […]
  • 3 Action Steps to Help You Beat Writer’s Block for Good

    By Guest on February 27, 2013
    By: Francesca StaAna I learned to produce whether I wanted to or not. It would be easy to say oh, I have writer’s block, oh, I have to wait for my muse. I don’t. Chain that muse to your desk and get the job done. –Barbara Kingsolver Some people call it writer’s block. Others refer to it as a lack […]
  • Choosing an Editor for Your Indie Published Work

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 21, 2013
    I make my thoughts on editing no secret. Self-edits have their place -- initial rewrites, shorter information products that need a very quick turnaround, etc. But for most indie publishers there's no good excuse to release your work without it crossing the desk of a professional editor. Even more than that, I'm a strong believer in hiring an editor. I don't care […]
  • Planning For Print Publication

    By Catherine L. Tully on December 7, 2012
    It's hard to believe that the New Year is right around the corner! If you are looking to get published in a magazine or print publication in the coming year, now is the time to start planning. For most print pubs, the editorial calendar is already set, and queries right now are going out for summer issues (or even later!). […]
  • Breaking All the Writing Rules

    By Rebecca Garland on September 27, 2012
    Pop quiz, hot shot! How many of the old, conventional writing rules do you break on a daily basis? You probably know the ones I’m talking about. These are rules like: Never start a paper with a question. Never start a sentence with “and” or “but.” Never end a sentence with a preposition. Paragraphs must be a minimum of five […]
  • Magazine Writing — Gathering Intel

    By Catherine L. Tully on September 7, 2012
    So you want to write for a magazine? If that is the case--one of the most important things you will do is study publications that you want to submit material to in query form. But what is the best way to go about that? Let's face it, buying tons of magazines can be really expensive. (Fun, but expensive!) So how […]
  • I Write Like…Me?

    By Rebecca Garland on May 10, 2012
    I recently came across a fun writing toy and I’ve just spent the last hour playing around on it. It’s not earth-shattering, nor is it going to change the world, but it does illustrate a point rather nicely. Your voice is a secret writing weapon, so use it. Here’s the toy: http://iwl.me/ “I Write Like” is a website where you […]
  • How Writers Can Prepare for the Perfect Interview

    By Guest on May 2, 2012
    By: Andrew Kardon Now you've done it. After  years of planning and negotiating, you finally snagged an interview with that reclusive semi-celebrity. Good for you! But... uh... now what? Lining up a key interview subject (whether for an in-person or phone interview) is just the first step. There are so many things that could possibly go wrong. Sorry, but it's […]
  • Messy Subjects and Verbs

    By Rebecca Garland on February 2, 2012
    This morning, as I worked with my kids at school, I realized just how often subjects and verbs get complicated and mismatched. This happens most frequently when you have more than one noun in the subject in the sentence. Consider the following: One of the boys jump over the fence. One of the boys jumps over the fence. Which one […]