New authors have fairly weak power. Editors can exert their power to: streamline the story such that it flows more smoothly cut out dense detailed descriptions that take the reader from the story their experience at what it takes to make a book become a bestseller gives them authority The trick is when the author… Continue reading Inverse Editor-Author Power
Seth said, “What we don’t need are mere clerks who guard dead paper.” Whenever, I read “mere”, “only”, or “just” as a descriptor, it makes me sad someone (even me) relies on obvious straw men. Librarians already do more than guard dead paper. It just makes it easier to knock them down and kick them while… Continue reading Guard Dead Paper?
Check which famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers. Not trusting a single sample, I tested fifteen writing samples including stories and blog posts (excluding those with block quotes). The Cory Doctorow result was the… Continue reading I Write Like Me