Defying Writing Conventions

I’ve written about this before. There are writing “conventions” (not enforceable rules) that vary across the planet and are constantly evolving. Learn them. If you’re going to defy them, be prepared to justify your choices and accept the consequences (which may range from poor reviews and lack of sales to a Nobel prize for literature).…

Brilliant Beginnings

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Anyone can self-publish a book; it’s relatively easy and there is no vetting process. Consequently, over a million books are published online each year. Many millions of books, maybe billions, are available through online distributors, in bookstores and from libraries. Why should anyone choose…

Publishing a Book

For many, writing a book is easy … writing it well isn’t. Like any pursuit, education and practice are essential to producing a good result. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. It took me about ten years (and about 40 years of education and practice before that …) but I finally finished and published my…

Proudly Canadian?

Having been educated in Canada, we learned proper Canadian spelling (years ago!) but were influenced by an onslaught of American writing since. We teeter on the precipice between the Motherland and Big Brother. Our spellcheck program may be loyal to one country and Grammarly to another. (What do those squiggly red lines under some words…