A Writing Lesson from Ted Lasso

My husband and I are currently watching Ted Lasso because, as you know, when you think of a football coach working with a soccer team in England, you think of me. Okay, maybe not. But the show is heartfelt and kind, and there is a writing lesson in it. In one episode, Ted gives all…

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Behind the Scenes of Life as an Editor

Okay, so being an editor is pretty much the best job ever, but there are a few quirky things about living as one. I decided to share a few tidbits of my life in this business for your entertainment. Because who didn't love Making the Video?  1. I think about your book. All the time. Seriously,…

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A Writing Lesson from the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Right now I am seriously obsessed. As in listen to "Be My Baby" on repeat and write our names together in a notebook. What has brought on these feelings? A person?  No! A Corgi? Not this time. It's a show called Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. (Yes, I know I am late to the party. But…

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A Special Invitation

What: A virtual writing retreat! You will have time to write your book and ask me any questions you have. Writer's block doesn't have a chance. I might even give you a few pop culture recommendations if we have time. Who: You (a writer) and me (a writing coach whose clients have been in talks with Netflix and…

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How I Got My Book Idea

Whenever I go to an author talk, someone in the audience inevitably asks, "How did you get your idea for your book?" Well, I don't claim to be cool as Neil Gaiman or Tamora Pierce, but I am going to answer that question anyway. I was walking along a beach in the Hamptons (I understand…

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Special Announcement

As all of you may or may not know, I am writing my own book. If you want to watch my video journey through the process (or watch me analyze pop culture for writing lessons), go to my Facebook page for Facebook lives! I am calling my show Fox on Pop. I am going to…

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How Editors Read for Fun

The other day, I was Voxing with one of my clients, and she asked me how I read for fun as an editor. It isn't easy. When I am reading a book, even from a traditional publisher, it is hard for me to not notice errors. This is especially true while I am copyediting a book.…

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10 Tips from Love Actually to Liven Up Your Novel

By Mikael Short  Around the holidays, I’m a sucker for watching (ahem . . . re-watching) all of my holiday favorite films, one of them being Love Actually. Any flaws in this movie are easily glossed over because of the charm and the talent on screen. Love Actually truly has a masterful way of weaving…

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On Typos and Toothpaste

When I was in college, I applied for the Marshall Fellowship (this relates to writing, I promise). I wanted to study the depictions of Diana, the goddess of the moon, in Scottish literature, so of course I had to go to Edinburgh (the fact that it was the birthplace of Harry Potter was definitely a…

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A Writer’s Gratitude List

Since American Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I thought I would share my writer's gratitude list with you. 1. Books. They formed me as a writer and a person. 2. Coffee. 3. Computers. 4. Microsoft Word. 5. Editors. 6. Journals. 7. R.S.V.P. pens. 8. Libraries. 9. Independent bookstores. 10. YOU! Thank you so much…

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