Writing

Happy National Coffee Day

For everyone who loves coffee, drink up. And even if don’t (like me), that’s okay too. I’ll always have water.

No one is judging your drink of choice. And no one cares how you like your coffee. So feel free to consume what you like, how you like it.

Of course, I’m connecting this back to writing. Did you expect anything less?

Write what you like, how you like it.

Happy drinking. Happy writing.

Writing

Life Paradox

I am a writer (and student), but I’m not a fan of coffee.

I’ve never been to Starbucks. Or had anything from there.

Maybe that will change sooner or later. Ahem, university. 

Then again, I’ve always liked cold drinks. I’d burn my tongue if I got anything hot. 

I once had hot chocolate from Tim Horton’s. Afterwards, I didn’t have any taste buds for a few days. 

Writing

Countdown To Christmas: Shopping For Writers Advice

To any non-writers purchasing gifts for writer(s):

Buying Books

Get an idea for what said writer likes to read and what books he or she already owns. What’s the best way to do that? Browse their bookshelf, or in some cases bookshelves, before attempting to buy books for the writer in your life. I hope you’re blessed enough to know multiple writers. It’ll make Christmas shopping that much easier. You can hit up one bookstore and get something for everyone.

Buying Coffee 

I’m not the biggest fan of coffee, but many writers (and non-writers) love this drink of choice. Once again, determine their likes and dislikes so you can purchase according to their needs. Yes, coffee is a need to a lot of people.

Buying Notebooks

Notebooks are life. Enough said.

To any writers reading this:

If you don’t receive any of the above from family or friends, you could just buy all of the above for yourself. Go ahead, splurge until your heart is content.

Editing · Writing

What You Should Ask Yourself Before You Ask An Editor To Edit Your Work

My former title was much shorter but it just didn’t capture the essence of this post. So voila…here are the questions you need to ask yourself before going to an editor and asking for their advice.

For anyone who knows me personally (or even professionally) out there, ask yourself these questions before you come to me with your writing/editing problems.

As for why am I writing this post? I was inspired recently. Plus, I just had to.

Hope you like it.

Did I self-edit?

Despite what you may believe and contrary to popular belief, few editors want to edit an unedited piece of work.

Did I finish what I started? 

I’m one of those pesky people who like to edit a finished product. It doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be complete. Editing something that is half finished or three quarters done makes my job harder and the quality of my feedback a little worse.

How can I improve?

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help you become a better writer. Telling your editor areas you struggle in allow them to specifically seek out places you can strengthen your prose.

How can I make my editor’s life easier? 

If your editor is going to edit your work, the least you can do is make editing easier for them. If your editor asks you to double space, double space. If they want a printed copy, print it out. If they look like they need a coffee, by all means go purchase them one. Even if they don’t specify for double-space or for a hard copy, it’s usually best to do both. As for the coffee, editors are generous to a fault. Still, a little generosity on both sides goes a long way.

The next time you are about to ask an editor for a gigantic favour, ask yourself the four questions above. If you’re going to disobey the first three, at least consider the last question. If everyone thought like that, the world would be a much better place.

Writing

Happy Halloween! Happy NaNoWriMo!

First things first…Happy Halloween.

Happy HalloweenIf you are indeed trick-or-treating, stay safe. If you plan to chow down on some candy, remember to keep your consumption in moderation.

On the other hand, if you’re frantically getting your notes together for NaNoWriMo, do not heed my advice above. Don’t play it safe, don’t hold back, rather take a risk, take a chance. Don’t restrain yourself at all. Unleash your locked up muse on the page besides, it’s been dying to come out.

Finally, I’ll do my best to blog consistently during this hectic month ahead. I have some ideas brewing so I hope you stick around for that.

Good luck NaNo participants. Get your coffee, candy, and whatever else you need ready. The clock is ticking.

NaNoWriMo is coming.