Editing

Editing Checklist

Editing Checklist Graphic

A checklist for editing your stories.

No need to thank me. 

Personal Reflection

Random Thoughts On Resumes 

Résumé or resume? Oh, accents.

And who invented resumes anyway? Or CVs? Curriculum vitae. I struggled to spell there. 

Portfolios rule. Struggled to spell again.

Resumes are just manipulated pieces of paper. 

My spelling game is a disaster. Explains why I’ve never won a spelling bee. And never will. 

Writing

Life Hacks To Meet Your Word Count

If you are struggling to meet your word count, try…

Spelling out contractions.

Works very well for academic writing. Not so much for dialogue in stories. But desperate times call for desperate measures.

Spelling out numbers.

One thousand four hundred and sixty eight. Seven words right there. I can count.

Use five dollar words. 

This goes against everything you know? Well, that’s life for you.

Use five cent words.

Every word is another word. But remember, not all words are equal.

Open a thesaurus.

Then proceed to replace one word with two, three, ten even.

Keep the thesaurus open.

See how many synonyms you can string together in a sentence.

Do not hyphenate.

Rebel. Refuse. Resist.

Do not combine words.

Rain bow. Snow man. Sun shine.

Forget you read any of this. Forget I even wrote it. Forget about my blog.

Writing

Write The Right Way With Grammarly

I’m a broke university student who uses Grammarly, so I’m not a broke, failing university student.

Grammar Checker

Ever thought about investing in a grammar, plagiarism, and spell checker to take your writing to the next level?

Well, Grammarly can check all that and more!

What Is Grammarly?

Grammarly improves communication among the world’s more than 2 billion native and non­native English writers. Millions of registered users worldwide trust Grammarly’s products, which are also licensed by more than 600 leading universities and corporations.”

What do I get for Free?

You’ll get Grammarly’s best­in­class automated proofreader in three different formats. All of them will check your writing for spelling mistakes (including contextual errors) and 150 types of grammatical mistakes. Grammarly will also help you identify wordiness, vocabulary mistakes, and more. The three formats you will have instant access to are the online Grammarly Editor, the Grammarly browser extension, and Grammarly for your desktop.

Why Premium?

To give you a clearer picture of why many users choose to upgrade to Premium, here is a simple guide to the features available with both products.”

Grammarly Free Versus Premium

You can obviously get the free version for free. But why settle for free when you can upgrade to the premium version instead?

The editor has helped me fix countless of my most common grammar and spelling mistakes. You’d be surprised at some of the things I’ve typed. It should come as no surprise that the spell checker has saved me from utter embarrassment and total humiliation. There’s a reason why I never won a spelling bee growing up. I never will. I don’t deserve to.

Also, since everyone’s so fond of saying I plagiarized when I actually wrote the piece myself, it’s nice to know Grammarly has my back.

Are you interested in becoming an affiliate partner yourself? Sign up here.

If you use any of these links, I’ll earn a small commission and you’ll be supporting this blog. You will also earn my appreciation forever. What more could you possibly want?

I completely understand if you don’t want to or aren’t in a position to purchase Grammarly. But you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by simply trying the free version.

Thank you so much. As always, happy writing.

Writing

Why Writers Are Right‏

Writers are right more often than they are not. If you want a statistic, they are right 99.9 percent of the time. Says who? Says me. The writer. And this isn’t one of those 00.1 percent instances where I’m wrong. 

But if you still don’t believe me, here’s a list of reasons. 

  1. Writers are readers. Meaning they read. Meaning they learn. Meaning they acquire knowledge mere non-writers will never acquire. Muhaha. 
  2. Writers are writers. They write words and rearrange these written words. So their grasp of the language they write in is very advanced. You should never question what they say in regards to grammar or spelling. Because they have experience and wisdom.  
  3. Writers are editors. Editors know what they’re doing. They wouldn’t be editors if they didn’t. 
  4. Writers are researchers. And you can be sure they fact check everything. 

Am I right or am I right?

Writing

I Take You More Seriously If

Regardless of whether you’re a writer or not, I take you more seriously if…

  • You use proper grammar.
  • You spell words correctly.
  • You aren’t cursing every other sentence.
  • You know how to punctuate.
  • You read over your work several times.
  • You don’t blame auto-correct.
  • You ensure words mean what you intend them to mean.
  • You write without stealing, copying, or plagiarizing from others.
Blogging · Writing

Which Do You Avoid More: Blogging Or Writing?

I’ve been meaning to write about procrastination for quite some time. I figured I’d put a twist on it. And this is what happened.

While I love blogging and writing with an indescribable passion, some days I do everything possible not to pick up a pencil or create a new post. Somehow I manage to do both almost every day. Even during those pesky moments when stringing together a coherent sentence is the last thing on my mind. The art of evasion (read: procrastination) is a broad topic. Meaning I’m going to break it up and give you a manageable amount of information every day. Sound good? Even if you’re shaking your head right now, I can’t physically see you. So I’m giving you permission to avoid my blog for a few days if you are bored already. Bravo to you if you choose to blog or write instead of reading the rest of this post.

For those of you who made the sorry mistake of sticking around, it isn’t too late to back out. But once you’re in, you’re not getting out. It’s like being in quicksand. You’re sinking deeper and deeper the longer you’re here. Anyhow, I digress. I haven’t in such a long time, it feels good to stray away from my point. Frankly, I haven’t had the time to digress.

OK, moving on to the million dollar question…which do you avoid more: blogging or writing?

Between the two I think I put off writing more often. My reasons are as follows. Blogging is easier for me. I have less pressure to impress. I don’t need to employ perfect spelling and grammar all the time. And I don’t take blogging as seriously. Why suck the fun out of something that’s meant to be enjoyable? Am I right or right?

I have so much to say but I’ll save it for tomorrow. For now, you should tell me which one you evade more often. I’d love to hear your answer and your reason(s).

Have a great day. Try to do both today!

Personal Reflection

Something I Will Never Do In This Lifetime

Buying something with a blatant spelling or grammar mistake on it.

I don’t care that this is done deliberately some of the time. Buying a shirt with a misspelled word on it goes against my morals.

Crazy, aren’t I?