The convenience that has brought us forced inconvenience

Just a few short decades ago, shopping channels on television provided millions of consumers with opportunities to buy products they might have never run across in their local markets: specialty food products, jewelry, home accessories, kitchen tools . . . you name it, and there was probably a channel somewhere…

Saying a lot by writing a little

Microfiction, also known as flash fiction, is the art of writing a complete story using few words. There are those who tell their tale in only fifty words. Some use one hundred or five hundred. Others say what they need to in a mere two sentences.

For those who write…

And why should you (or shouldn’t you) participate?

For some, November means colorful autumn leaves, apple cider, and pumpkin everything. For many writers, November represents National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo.

For those of you who don’t know anything about NaNoWriMo, you may be surprised to find out it’s actually been around for over twenty years…

Things to consider when writing outside our own experiences

Laptop on a background of photos featuring people of varied cultures

Over the past few years, you may have heard the term “sensitivity reader.” Perhaps you’ve heard it in a positive light, used as a means to enlighten writers to potentially clichéd or misrepresented characters or harmful stereotypes.

Or maybe you’ve heard them referred to as “censors of free speech,” presented…

How to tell the difference

There seems to be a lot of confusion among newer writers about what qualifies as active voice. There are those who seem to think the word “was” is on the forbidden usage list, and they’ll search their manuscript with the intent of slashing any sentence that includes the word.

Zombie rules

Strunk…

It was never even grammatically incorrect

In all walks of life, there are all kinds of writers. Poets seem to maintain the greatest license for bending the rules for years and years, but as the language changes and people’s creative processes change, the way the language is presented to others must change as well.

Change happens whether we’re ready or not

The singular…

It might be your reason, too

I was talking with a friend one night about what’s going on in our lives. We hadn’t caught up in a while, and he was telling me about his realization that good things are happening through the very things that are making him miserable.

He plays guitar — classical style…

Lynda Dietz

Copyeditor. Grammar thug in the nicest, kindest way. I’m not scary, even for an editor. Find me at easyreaderediting.com

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