#AskDrEditor: Writing well is hard: How to write like the best writers in your discipline

My editing advice column, Ask Dr. Editor, is available through UniversityAffairs.ca. This Ask Dr. Editor piece shares Writing well is hard, a free tool that delivers statistics on your writing and your favourite academic author’s, and helps you to emulate writing styles that you admire: “Writing well is hard: How to write like the best writers in yourContinue reading “#AskDrEditor: Writing well is hard: How to write like the best writers in your discipline”

#AskDrEditor: How to hire an editor

My editing advice column, Ask Dr. Editor, is available through UniversityAffairs.ca. This Ask Dr. Editor piece outlines how to navigate the world of editing and find a great editor who can meet your needs: “How to hire an editor: Three steps to make sure you get the help you need.” Have a question you want me toContinue reading “#AskDrEditor: How to hire an editor”

#AskDrEditor: Using the active voice strategically

My editing advice column, Ask Dr. Editor, is available through UniversityAffairs.ca. This Ask Dr. Editor piece explains the active voice, when to use it, and its application alongside passive voice: “Using the active voice strategically: How and where to edit for active voice constructions in your academic writing.” Have a question you want me to answer? Contact me orContinue reading “#AskDrEditor: Using the active voice strategically”

#AskDrEditor: Borrowing fresh eyes for your academic writing

My editing advice column, Ask Dr. Editor, is now available through UniversityAffairs.ca. The seventh Ask Dr. Editor column describes how to use three of my favourite free online algorithms to support your editing processes: “Borrowing Fresh Eyes for Your Academic Writing.” Have a question you want me to answer? Contact me or ask me onContinue reading “#AskDrEditor: Borrowing fresh eyes for your academic writing”

25 words

Your sentences are too long. Shorten your sentences! As an editor, I’m more descriptive instead of prescriptive. I know that audience, context and genre shape meaning. Language is a shifting beast–but more problematically than that, the so-called ‘rules’ of grammar and writing are arbitrary, classist, colonialist, even wrong. But I’m still going to tell youContinue reading “25 words”