Rule Breakers

I saw a discussion today about breaking the rules of writing and grammar. I’ll give you a moment to go read that. Now, the thing that a lot of writers don’t understand is that yes, you can break rules once you completely mastered them, but it takes most...

Creating a cover: the process

With all the recent debate over book covers, it’s important for writers to understand how covers are created. (See http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/2009/07/23/aint-that-a-shame/ for more information on one debate on covers.) Now, each publisher is different,...

Ode to Reading Rainbow

I’m a bibliophile. I’ll admit it. My dad loves to tell people how I started reading at the age of four, when my older sister sat me down and taught me how to read simple books. When I was in the first grade, I outread my classmates by several hundred...

Commonly confused words (or I really didn’t mean that)

The English language. It’s confusing, you know? There’s something about all the synonyms, antonyms, homographs, and homonyms. It can befuddle the most literate minds. So here are a few homonyms I frequently come across that are used in the wrong sense by...