Why are you here?

This blog deals exclusively with the craft of writing. That covers not only the basic rules of structure and grammar but also experiences with editing, cover design, ARC teams, launches, media platforms, and marketing. For information on my professional services please see info.arlockweb.com

You know, the business of writing. The Good, the Bad, and the Misleading.

There’s a lot of advice out there. Writers in a slump take the time to write ‘how to’ novellas and plug them for all they’re worth. Academics have to ‘publish or perish’ and that leads to a massive amount of conflicting advice and styles. Then there are the blogs… When it comes to language use, everyone has an opinion.

And really, they are only opinions. Not following conventional usage may cost you that professional publishing contract, but that doesn’t always mean that you’re wrong. It means that the publishing house doesn’t think it can profit off you. You have to remember that the ‘rules’ of written English were created after the language, not before. Languages have always evolved slowly over time, a process that has been accelerated by the internet and the interconnectivity of the modern world. They represent a ‘best guess’ at analysing the way the language is used, and sometimes those guesses are wrong. Does everyone remember learning “I before E, except after C”?

So how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? …and what does any of this have to do with farming? Read on and maybe find out…

If you are actually more interested in what I’ve written and not how I’ve written it, then you are on the wrong page. Mosey over to my (currently sparse) in-universe page at JW Arlock.