Writing tips and other bits

Beware the dangling modifier

As an editor, I see dangling modifiers everywhere.

If you don’t know what that means, let’s break it down so you can get maximum word-nerd cred.


Wouldn’t it be nice if I had some wise words or helpful tips to offer about avoiding avoiding?

Helping new writers develop their craft

Some writers I work with haven’t done any writing classes or workshops, so they are unaware of the common mistakes new writers make, such as using filter words for action rather than letting the action speak for itself.

The joy of jargon busting

As I waded through columns and columns of similar dot points I rubbed my hands in glee; I hardly understood a word and my inner jargon-buster was looking forward to the brain-hurting challenge.

The brain is quicker than the eye – why typos slip through

I had been communicating with a new client for a few days before he politely pointed out that name was spelt Bret, not Brett.

Why am I telling you this? Surely as an editor I should be more observant, I hear you say. And surely I should be keeping this kind of oversight to myself. You’re probably right, but I couldn’t resist. It’s a perfect example of how the eye can see one thing and the brain can see another.

Laugh-out-loud summer read

A book I edited is up on Amazon and the customer reviews are right, Shizzle Inc is a rollicking laugh-out-loud book. It was probably the…

Cracking good read

Looking for a cracking good read? You can’t go past As Long as she Lives by Melbourne’s own Darcy Conroy, which was launched at Dymocks…