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Writing for the Sake of Writing

As most people who write know, writing is often a compulsion. Whether or not a writer has something to say, a story to tell, or a poem to write, a writer often feels like transposing the stream of consciousness in her head onto paper or screen or wall or what have...

We Shalt Not Plagiarize

When I began editing, the last thing in the world I expected to encounter was plagiarism. I prefer to think the best of people until they give me reason not to, and maybe I’m stupid for holding on to my naïveté, but never mind that. I still believe it’s a...

To Hell With the Semicolon

As an editor, I’ve noticed that I have a tendency to avoid using semicolons and colons when I’m editing fiction. Although I’d never given much thought to the reasons why, thanks to a recent tweet by Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly), I’ve...