Welcome to the Teaching Corner!

Welcome to the Teaching Corner!

I’ve always been a teacher at heart, and I love sharing what I know about editing and writing to help authors grow. This is why I created the blog “An Editor’s Teaching Corner for Writers.”

Each post will contain a writing tip from one element of the Teaching Corner Framework, which consists of Mindset, Content,

Mechanics, and Feedback to help you grow as a writer. So what kinds of things will I be teaching?

Mindset: Mindset tips will cover everything from imposter syndrome to defining success, to creating a writing practice that works for your individual style.

Content: Content tips will dive deep into story elements and other ideas that make your writing unputdownable. Nonfiction folks, don’t worry, I’ll explore content areas for your growth, too.

Mechanics: Mechanics tips will cover ways to improve your writing at the word and sentence level. Think all things punctuation, grammar, spelling, formatting, etc.

Feedback: Feedback tips will explore how to source feedback and what to do with it once you’ve received it.

What kinds of things will I not cover? The Teaching Corner won’t explain publishing or marketing tips. That is not my wheelhouse, and there are other folks who are doing a great job with this already. However, I promise to share helpful resources in these areas whenever I run across one.

Studying Writer’s Craft: An Interview with Den Streeff

Studying Writer’s Craft: An Interview with Den Streeff

Learning about writer’s craft takes time and a great deal of effort. You have to find solid resources, study them, and practice what you’ve learned. Then try to synthesize that new knowledge in your own manuscript. So many authors feel pressure to publish quickly, so even if they want to learn more about writer’s craft, they end up skimping on their education.

I interviewed Den Streef to find out what motivates him to invest in writer’s craft study.

Early Readers Provide Critical Feedback

Early Readers Provide Critical Feedback

Most writers are aware they need to enlist the help of early readers to get critical feedback for their books, but it can be confusing to know what kind of reader you need and when you need them.

To be clear, having people read your manuscript before you publish it is an excellent idea. Not only will you receive valuable feedback, you’ll build your capacity to be vulnerable when you share your work.
Let’s dive into the different types of early readers you may need, when to utilize them, and the best strategies for ensuring the feedback you receive will be helpful.

Numbers in Books

Numbers in Books

The “rules” about how to style numbers still trip up veteran writers (and editors). There are a lot of rules, and numbers is one of the topics that style guides often have very different ways of handling, which adds to the confusion.

In the US book-publishing world, we use the Chicago Manual of Style to determine how to treat numbers in text, whether fiction or nonfiction.

Optional Commas

Optional Commas

Commas seem to be one of the greatest stressors for writers, including my clients. It makes sense–the comma is the most versatile punctuation mark and is used in so many different ways.
Adding to the confusion: there are instances where you–yes, you the author–get to decide whether or not to include a comma.

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