Having succumbed to the latest strain of the common cold, courtesy of my youngest child, I took a couple of days off editing as my brain ceased to function well enough to read and edit. Instead, I took some time to read through the feedback I got from the Ink and Insights writing contest, collated the information into one document and then wrote myself a little ‘to-do’ list. ‘Little’ as in it’s an A4 sheet of paper long! As mentioned, I’m quite nervous about sharing my writing, but am strangely okay with it being pulled to pieces. Having it graded in the ‘real’ world, as opposed […]
A while back one of my clients contacted me to say that his second book – Grave Measures – had been nominated for Dragon Con. I congratulated him, of course, lots of ‘well done’ and ‘that’s fab’ and then carried on editing away on whichever book I was working on at the time. Only while I was doing this, he was absolutely buzzing about this nomination. I had never heard of it. While I love science fiction, I’ve never really been into writing conventions, although I did attend the Glasgow (Braehead) Comic Con one year. Anyway, it turns out Dragon Con is very big and […]
Coursera’s ‘The craft of Plot’ is one of five courses in the creative writing category. I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the basics and also to try and get back into the habit of doing a little writing myself. In order to earn this certificate, I had to pass four assignment (marked by fellow students). It is a non-credit course and has no academic value, but I enjoyed revisiting the subjects of structure, plot/story and show don’t tell. You can view my posts on this course (and even see a sample of my writing) here: The Craft of Plot: Week One […]
This is an indirect achievement, the full credit remains with the author, R.R.Virdi, for the marvellous story, but I did play a small role in tidying up the text and believe it is worthy of a shout out. Grave Beginnings won this award for offering an entertaining, enjoyable read, despite its earlier issues with editing and its reviews are building up at a steady pace. Details of this award: Book of the year award for 2015.
I chose to take the Society for Editors and Proofreader’s introductory course to copy-editing (while completely bypassing the proofreading course they recommend you start with) and I’m pleased to show off my certificate for doing so. I’m not sure yet if I’ll do the next one as this one covered all kinds of text (and I have no interest in non-fiction) and I assume the next one will be the same. But, I have earned three points towards an upgrade to a higher level (I need seven), so all that remains now is to practice.