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Etymology Excavation: At full tilt

“At full tilt” means flat out, at top speed, as fast as possible. Its origins don’t have anything to do with being unsteady, at an angle, or, indeed poker.

Chapter quotes – why add them?

Chapter quotes can be an insight into the world backdrop, a good laugh, or a context-setter, depending on what the author is doing with them and with their book. Personally, I enjoy them, so I put them in.

Etymology Excavation: coming down the pike

‘Coming down the pike’ can be used to indicate something coming to prominence, up-and-coming, making itself noticed. I’ve also seen it used as a warning phrase, e.g. ‘something big’s coming down the pike – better get ready.’

Hidden Gems – author services

Hidden Gems advertises as an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) program, although they also accept published books for their reviewers. At time of writing, their review rate was 80%.

Etymology Excavation: strong suit

'Strong suit' is a phrase meaning a strength, something you are good at. You can easily substitute 'strong point' or 'forte'. A common mis-spelling is 'strong suite', which may have its roots in common terms like 'Microsoft suite'. It is nonetheless...

How do I get started writing?

How do I get started writing? Write whatever way blows your skirt up. There is no set of commandments. The only restrictions are your imagination and your writing ability.

Self-editing for dummies, or how to not annoy your readers

Self-editing: is it as good as a professional edit? Probably not. But at least you can minimise the chance that someone’s going to use your precious manuscript for toilet paper because the typos, homophones, and other easily-avoidable technical eff-ups are making their brains hurt.

Etymology Excavation: sabotage

To sabotage something, today, means to damage it, to render it unusable or in need of repairs, or to perform a task so badly as to make it pointless.

Etymology Excavation: fascinating

Long story short, unless whatever you’re saying is fascinating is at least as good as a flying penis that wards off the evil eye, you’re probably using it wrong and blaspheming to boot.

Websites 101

Websites 101 covers everything the fledgling author or webmaster doesn’t know that they should know about. Back-ups, databases and add on domains, oh my.

Etymology Excavation: Toe the line

‘Toe the line’ means to follow orders, to do as you’re told, conform to a set standard, or to not rock the boat. An alternative phrase that means exactly the same thing is ‘toe the mark’.

E-book publishing 101: Amazon KDP

You’ve decided to publish independently. Good for you. Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, or Amazon KDP for those of us in the biz, is the one that comes immediately to mind. Amazon is well-known, they’re everywhere, and best of all, they make it really easy for novice authors.

Etymology Excavation: Quixotic

Today’s excavation concerns the word ‘quixotic’. It’s a fun dig. Let’s start off with the dictionary definition as used today, courtesy of the Cambridge English Dictionary: ‘having or showing ideas that are different and unusual but not practical or likely to succeed’.

Writing Myths: Slay the Dragon

Writing Myths that need slaying: I must write something other people will like and approve of. I must write at a level everyone will understand. I must write something that will sell. Writing is a slog, a chore. Writing is like giving yourself homework every night for the rest of your life.

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