Writing/Editing Advice for the Day

Don’t consult an editor who uses the word literally to mean not literally.

I just read a blog post in which the blogger, someone who feels he has ‘found his niche’ as a giver of ‘expert’ advice on writing/publishing, tells a writer that if they’re to be ready to publish their novel, “You literally have to have all your ducks in a row.”

*rolls eyes* Unless the book is nonfiction and has a title such as How to Train Ducks to Stand in Rows, you do not literally need to have all your ducks in a row before publishing it.





About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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