Do You Check Everything?

A few goofs can make readers doubt.

The review gave a glowing recommendation, underscoring the meticulous research behind The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies.

The author’s note speaks of using the subject’s “letters and papers, declassified U.S. and British government files, Freedom of … Continue reading

Must You Write Tightly?

Don’t try this in your initial draft.

Forget tight writing and let your book’s first draft flow. Then practice tight editing. As Strunk & White advise in The Elements of Style, retain only those words that earn their keep. No freeloaders.

In the process you’ll find many candidates for deletion.

Must-Know Terms for Article Writers

Editors expect freelance writers to speak their language.

Especially if you’re new to the world of writing for magazines, newspapers, and websites, you’ll find these terms useful:

Takeaway. Editors want to know what benefit someone will receive by reading an article or nonfiction book. Use this as a key element when you ask if they’d be … Continue reading