Creating Space as a Writer

Emily Fahey Writing Tips

As writers, the most important thing we can do for ourselves is to create space for writing. You have to tackle the metaphysical (when do you actually sit down to write), the physical (where do you actually sit down to write), and the mental (how do you you sit down and have a successful writing session).

Writing tips for good usage vs common usage

Unpacking CMOS: Good Usage versus Common Usage

Jordan Wagenet Editing Tips, Grammar, Writing Tips

CMOS 5.250, “Good usage versus common usage,” is one of the lengthiest sections in CMOS’s seventeenth edition. It illuminates tricky words and phrases that are commonly used incorrectly in American writing. Learning the proper style for these terms will ensure you don’t confuse your readers and embarrass yourself with erroneous word choice.

Dressing for Success: Inside the Writer’s Wardrobe

Karly White Humor

When you imagine a writer, I can almost guarantee you picture something like Johnny Depp in Secret Window: shaggy hair, unkempt beard, reading glasses, and, of course, pajamas with a terry cloth robe thrown over to complete the look. It’s a classic ensemble. But just how many writers actually don this lackadaisical uniform?

Is Self-Publishing Right for You?

Rachel Sandell Book Publishing

One of the largest advantages to self-publishing is the ability to maintain creative control over your own work. Traditional publishing houses have specific requirements for manuscripts, some of which may compromise the author’s original vision of the work. Self-publishing ensures that you, as the author, have the final say on how your work is presented.

A Primer on Writing about Time

Rachel Diebel Grammar, Writing Tips

Time is such an integral part of our experience as humans . . . we run out of time, time is money, time heals, time flies. But there are often inconsistencies or variations in how we write about time. Review this guideline to brush up on accepted standards, and find out whether you should be using “daylight savings” or “daylight saving” time.

Interview with an Editor

Emily Fahey Book Publishing, Team

“I first heard of editing as a job when I was in middle school. I distinctly remember hearing an editor on a podcast and knowing right away that this was what I wanted to do. A career where I could read books for a living? Perfect!”
-Rachel Diebel

Trim the Fat: Tips for Efficient Writing

Jordan Wagenet Editing Tips, Writing Tips

Direct writing saves space—on paper or screen—and strengthens your thoughts, helping you sound more confident, knowledgeable, and intelligent. Using a few of the Scribe Source’s writing and editing tips as guides, we’re going to look at three areas of writing where inefficient phrasing sneaks in—hedging words, adverbs, and weak verbs—and how we can solve these issues.

A Writer’s Guide to Drinking on the Job

Karly White Humor

As writers, you need to be addicted to either whiskey or coffee. Truly, there is a long and illustrious literary tradition of drinking on the job. But what is the right drink for the job?