Author Archives: Thomas Weaver

About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived 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 six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.

Authors Answer 140 – Developing Plot

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You need characters and setting for a story, but what would it be without a plot? Not much of anything. The plot may be one of the most complex parts of writing.…

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Authors Answer 139 – Developing Setting

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Last week, we talked about characters. But now they need a place. A well-rounded book has a setting. A good setting can create the atmosphere, whether it’s a real place or imagined.…

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Writing Glitch #478

Today’s glitch: Change the comma after time machine to a period and capitalize However. Did you spot the typo? Change turnign to turning. I suggest changing have managed to create to just have created. Scientists have created the world’s first … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #477

Today’s glitch: If you’re going to add extra letters to so and stretch it out (do this only in dialogue/first-person narration, imitating how the character says it), add a sufficient number of them that it won’t be confused with a … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #476

Today’s glitch:  Oh, boy… First, we don’t capitalize the second word in a scientific name (binomial nomenclature). Second, we do italicize such scientific names. We don’t capitalize the common names, though. Add a comma after Arum maculatum, get rid of … Continue reading

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Authors Answer 138 – Developing Characters

Originally posted on I Read Encyclopedias for Fun:
Characters are central to a story. They need to be well-developed and believable to be considered good characters in a serious story. It’s important to make sure their behaviour is consistent. We’re…

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Writing glitch #475

Today’s second glitch: Add a comma after the introductory adverbial phrase After years of stress. Don’t capitalize hero; it’s a common noun, not a proper name. In the second sentence, change to the eyes to in the eyes.  Unless you … Continue reading

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