Written Words: A communicator's blog

Passive voice should be avoided by writers

Things writers do to drive me crazy, part 3 I’ve advised against using the passive voice before. Sure, there are places where it’s warranted. (See what I did, there?) But those are rare.  To clarify what passive voice means, let’s contrast it against the active voice: Active: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy […]

Thanks for your support

Together, we crushed it!  Through August, I joined thousands of cyclists across Canada in the Great Cycle Challenge Canada. We biked to raise money for the Hospital for Sick Children’s campaign for research into improved treatments and cures for children’s cancers.  I originally planned to cycle 200 km, and raise $500. Well, I was getting close to […]

Things writers do to drive me crazy, part 2

Last week, I wrote about a common problem in many manuscripts: unnecessary details. This week, I move on to another common error: shifting point-of-view in fiction, also known as Head-hopping This term describes text that jumping between characters’ points of view (POV).  Let’s take a look at this, adapted slightly from a recent project to […]

Things writers do that drive me crazy

You may have noticed that I’ve been posting and announcing about the number of manuscripts I’ve been editing lately. am editing a lot of fiction these days.  The latest books edited by The Written Word to be published Amnesia By D.G. Torrens Cassie is suffering from trauma-induced amnesia. Weekly visits to her psychologist are proving […]

Gateway by David C. Cassidy

The latest editing project of The Written Word has hit the retailers: Gateway, the latest release by the master of horror, David C. Cassidy. This is the second David C. Cassidy work edited by The Written Word, following The Dark, published in 2014. “A perfectly creepy story that will keep you up at night … […]

Canada Day for good and ill

It’s a Canada Day like no other before. Communities from coast to coast to coast, from mountains to prairies to forests, are cancelling fireworks and other festivities, in recognition of the pain and sorrow wrought by the discoveries of over a thousand unmarked graves of Indigenous children at residential schools. Schools these children were forced […]

Woman reading on the beach

It’s beach reading season! Yes, it’s finally here, after the most difficult year in a long, long time. Enter the eBook & Paperback Sweepstakes! (2) Winners of eBook “Gift Baskets” of ALL ebooks Other Winners of individual ebooks or paperbacks (randomly selected) So whether you’re going to be reading on the sand, with your feet […]