How to get back into writing after a break

Reading time: Just over 3 minutes Writing is always harder after a holiday. Does that make breaks a mistake? No way! Here’s the secret to getting back into writing after a break… Did you eat too many chocolate-dipped shortbreads this past Christmas? Drink too many glasses of eggnog or mulled wine? Nip out of town for a brief sun holiday? Totally ignore your writing for two weeks or more?... Read More

Grammar mistakes even smart people make

Reading time: Less than 1 minute This is my weekly installment of "writing about writing," in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a blog post on grammar mistakes that even smart people make.... My parents rigorously correct my grammar when I was a youth. Thus, I have the benefit of knowing what "sounds" right, even if I don't alw... Read More

Which is better: regular or self-publishing?

regular vs self-publishing
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Viewing time: 4 mins. 59 seconds The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on the pros and cons of regular vs self-publishing. If you have a question you’d like me to answer you can email me at daphne@publicationcoach.com, tweet me @pubcoach, or leave a message for me at the Skype account, The Write Question. Welcome to The Write Questi... Read More

The figurative language of Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan
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Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of similes from Jennifer Egan... My husband knows how much I enjoy the writing of Jennifer Egan. So, one of his Christmas gifts for me was her new novel, Manhattan Beach. As I expected, I found the book — a sprawling story of gangsters, sailo... Read More

What does ‘anfractuous’ mean?

anfractuous

Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That's why I provide a word of the week. Today's word: anfractuous... I encountered the byline, 'Anthony Horowitz,' somewhere during the last year and — because I found his writing amusing — made a mental note of his name. (I had thought I'd seen him in the New Yorker, but a recent... Read More

What if you turned off your smartphone today?

Reading time: Less than 3 minutes I like smartphones as much as the next person. But I also know there’s a good time to turn off your smartphone…. When my brother-in-law comes to our house for dinner he knows I’ll require him to step away from the table if he wants to check his smartphone. He likes to tease me about my rule but he mostly abides by it, if somewhat grudgingly.  Even ... Read More

Can algorithms help your writing?

algorithms help writing
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Reading time: Less than 1 minute This is my weekly installment of "writing about writing," in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a CBC blog post about whether algorithms help writing... When listening to one of my regular podcasts last week, the one for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's show The Current, I heard an intrigu... Read More

How can I write to increase my followers in LinkedIn?

building linkedin connections

Viewing time: 4 mins. 21 secs. The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on building LinkedIn connections. If you have a question you’d like me to answer you can email me at daphne@publicationcoach.com, tweet me @pubcoach, or leave a message for me at the Skype account, The Write Question. Welcome to The Write Question, I’m Daphne Gra... Read More

The figurative language of Gillian Best…

Gillian Best

Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of similes and metaphors from Gillian Best... The calendar has barely turned on the new year and, already, I think I've found my favourite writer for 2018. Her name is Gillian Best (pictured above) and she's a Canadian who's been living in the UK ... Read More

What is ‘weltschmerz’?

Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That's why I provide a word of the week. Today's word: weltschmerz... Eleanor Oliphant — great name, isn't it? — was my favourite literary character in 2017 and her book Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, gave me so much pleasure. It also gave me my word of the w... Read More