Category Archives: writing

What’s the Big Idea?

I was scratching my head yesterday at the astronomical number of new books on writing on the market today–most by people I’ve never heard of before with slim writing resumes and credentials.  If you take the time to examine enough … Continue reading

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“Omit needless words!”–William Strunk Jr.

Patient blogging, book-loving followers, I have just finished editing a 385 page manuscript, and I am here to report that such a long editorial stint is corrosive to one’s own writing. Many of you may be aware that I wear … Continue reading

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Trials and Tribulations of the Writing Life

I have been watching with some resentment, not to say a gimlet eye, a book (one of three in a series) that I wrote in 2002 as “work for hire” (for a flat fee, no royalties) perform rather well on … Continue reading

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Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Where have I been? What have I been doing? Working! Some of you may know that I run a professional editorial and writing business Margaret Langstaff Editorial. Well, lately I’ve been swamped with book and poetry manuscripts to copy edit, … Continue reading

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The Pain and Perils of Revision

I just “finished” a book I’d been working on for nearly a year. Every writer will understand why I put the word finished in quotes, because, truly, it is never really finished until it is published, is it? The manuscript … Continue reading

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Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writing

As you know I in the habit of publishing “writing rules” from various well-known writers as I stumble over them on the web. They won’t write your books for you, but they are food for thought. For what it’s worth … Continue reading

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Writers, Is it a calling or a job? NYTBR

I don’t know how something can be both interesting and pedestrian at the same time. In this case it may be that it’s interesting that the New York Times Book Review has chosen to spotlight so pedestrian an essay about … Continue reading

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