Obese files, other tools for authors

guide to grammar and writing

It’s time again for leads to some online tools and resources for authors. Remember, as an author, you want to—painstakingly—do your research, verify your facts, get your characters, professions, names, settings and language right for the periods you are writing about. You also want to use tools that save time, effort and cost. Having said […]

What authors have in common with breakfast

the hard boiled egg author

Seems people turn authors at practically every age you can think of, once their hormones have kicked in. I started writing in school. It probably started with the mandatory essay a week for English Language class, then expanded into articles and stories for the school magazine and intra- and inter-school writing competitions. In college, I […]

How to marry wrong, or going from caste to outcast

caste at work

Forgive me. I do try to stick to writing about writing, but I just feel like venting about the caste system in this post, a soliloquy occasioned by a wedding I attended this past weekend. In the aftermath of the wedding, I am left dealing with a smorgasbord of emotions. The groom is from a […]

The practice of perseverance

persevere

I retaught myself a lesson in perseverance yesterday. For the first time, I wrote a whole article and polished it up in one sitting of about three hours early in the morning. Not a very long article, about 800 words, but the task included quite a bit of googling, reading and making notes, and at […]

Evernote app, advanced

the mohiomap app

More on the Evernote app? All right, all right, don’t tear my blog down. Allow me this last post (for the foreseeable future) on Evernote. After the introduction in the first post and the intermediate stuff in the second, this third post comes down to the nub, as far as we authors are concerned: the […]

Punctuation rules, rocks

neglected dashes and parentheses

If this post about punctuation rules puts you in a comma, please accept my apologies (they are valid for the misspelling, too). I must be having a lean period. I don’t like writing about spelling, grammar, punctuation and other issues that are a necessary pain in the colon for authors. I figure that there are […]

Best tools for authors

just some more tools for authors

  Sorry about that title. This is my third post on the best tools for authors, after the first one and the second. Here are some more tools, as well as some tricks of the keyboard and some online sites of great interest. And oh yes, one site that some of you are going to […]

How to use Evernote II

the versatile evernote

In an earlier post, I had written about the elementary concepts of how to use Evernote, the note-taking and archiving software. If you have read that article you will know that it touched upon the basics of Evernote: notebooks, the file names you use for your Evernote filing system notes, the data you file in […]

FB surveillance: how to unplug

The Zucker punch

  If you aren’t aware that Facebook has expanded the scope of its surveillance of users—read violations into your private affairs—you are not on Facebook, and you don’t care on Facebook, but you still don’t care on Facebook, and you care, but you are just not all there. Say hello to the Zucker punch. Facebook […]

I have a writing strategy?

edit while writing

What writing strategy do you follow? I keep reading and hearing about not editing as you go along, about rushing through your first draft and finishing it, absolutely finishing it, before you move on to the editing stage. It isn’t in my DNA It isn’t working for me. I don’t know whether I am not […]