Category Archives: Editing

My New Service: Short Developmental Consultation

Looking back, I’ve been a developer-editor in games since 2007, and in that time many of those books have hit acclaim. People keep hiring me to work on their books, so I must be doing something right. But I didn’t drill down into what that “something right” was until a few months ago: I’m constantly

Weakness Words & Phrases

One of the things we too often do as writers is soften our language with words and phrases of weakness — words that we insert in attempt to sound less authoritative, but end up just cluttering up a page and too often makes us sound like we don’t know what we’re talking about. If none

Thoughts on Language as Fashion

The idea that language is fashion comes up constantly, and a recent event brought it back into the nerdgeist: the creator of GIF, Steve Wilhite, receiving a lifetime achievement award. In that, Wilhite chimed in on his soap box: “The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,” Mr. Wilhite said. “They are wrong. It is a soft

A Word Macro for Processing Plain Text

If you’re like me, sometimes you like to write in a plain text editor or on an iPad app, but the end result needs to be styled appropriately in Microsoft Word.[1] Here are some things I do when doing that: Search & replace all double spaces with single spaces. Replace all double-dashes (–) with em-dashes

Two Small Text Layout Ideas

Working at Paizo for the last few months, there are two concepts I’ve picked up on that I’m applying to other books down the road. They’re not mind-blowing ideas, but because we’re all learning this ad hoc, some techniques only get discovered as you’re working with different professionals. Text Between Headers If you look at

Open Loops

Early in David Allen’s Getting Things Done[1], his well-received book on productivity, he talks about “open loops.” The idea has resonated with me ever since reading that. Here’s a good link that talks about this idea (with further references), though I’ll bring up some of the highlights. An open loop is something that is on our minds, something