Formatting Matters

There’s a scene in Footloose that had me thinking of writing fundamentals. It was fitting given that lately I’ve been driven to review my own work with a sharper eye. John Lithgow’s  character Reverend Shaw Moore is typing away at a sermon before a conversation with Lori Singer (Ariel Moore). Towards the end of the scene […]

“Writing With “E’s” Part 3 – Ending.

Deadlines push you towards conclusion.  Concluding will push you towards conclusion. Sounds very philosophical, doesn’t it?  Many of you reading this are probably like me with writing and editing. We want to obsess over everything. There is a maddening drive to perfect it all as best as we can before hitting send. Before walking away. Before calling […]

Writing With “E’s”

Several people have been exceptionally kind and complimentary in many of my “shop-talk” posts. A colleague with several decades of experience as a trial lawyer recently suggested that I could teach a writing class. Incidentally, it was the words of a late Manitoba Judge who explained that in speaking to people you might be able […]

Phrasing

You want to sound like you are speaking. You want to write as if you are speaking directly to the reader in front of you. Words organized properly on the page and screen are meant to be read aloud if one so chooses. The editing process offers the challenge of hearing how those words sound […]

Hire an Editor

Editing Revising For me it may very well be one of the most enjoyable things about writing. For much of what I have worked on over the years, I’ve insisted on working the majority of any edits on my own. Mainly due to my own stubborn attitude and drive to make everything the best it […]