Link to Interview by Joanna Marple with Editor Cheryl Klein

The Grammar Owl will return next month. Today I want to point you to a great interview on my friend Joanna Marple’s blog. If you write middle grade or YA, you may be familiar with editor Cheryl Klein’s excellent book on the craft of writing, Second Sight: an editor’s talks on writing, revising and publishing books for children and young adults. (If you’re not familiar with it, I urge you to read it!) I also urge you to read the interesting and insightful interview Joanna Marple did with Cheryl. You can find it here. Until next week, keep writing, keep revising, keep enjoying and learning from the process!

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Tip of the Month — More About Dialogue Tags

Welcome back to the Flubs2Fixes blog! I hope you saw my two-part interview with author/educator/editor Emma Walton Hamilton. If you missed it, you can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. It’s the second Friday of the month, so it’s time for a quick editing/writing tip and a resource recommendation. Fix a Flub with this Editing Tip: Back to dialogue tags – be sure you use words that are means of conveying speech: say, said, muttered, yelled, etc. When you look at your writing, you may find you’ve used “he grinned,” or “she laughed,” or “Mom sighed,” as dialogue tags. These are actions. You can’t laugh a line of… Read More

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The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide by Becky Levine — book recommendation

It is enormously helpful for writers to get feedback on their works-in-progress. By this I don’t mean a family member’s unreserved praise, which feels good but isn’t really helpful when it comes to knowing how to improve one’s manuscript. Rather, I mean thoughtful, helpful comments from people who understand the writing process and know the elements that make up good writing. Many people get this feedback from a critique group (or more than one). These days critique groups can be in-person groups of writers who live near each other, or very often these days, online groups, which may be made up of people from all over the country or indeed… Read More

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