Crap, where did June and July go? It’s time for the August edition of Insecure Writers Support Group where we share our fears and successes.
IWSG Question: What are your pet peeves when reading / writing / editing?
After working with professional editors for seven novels, I’ve become a stickler for grammar and spelling. One word I see consistently misspelled (even in traditionally published novels) is BLOND.
My editor taught me that the only time to use the spelling BLONDE is describing a female as a noun.
The sassy blonde approached me.
When using blond as an adjective (or as a noun for a blond man), THERE IS NO E!!!
The sassy, blond woman approached me.
I fell for the blond dude in a heartbeat.
Holy Leo DeCaprio, he’s hot! I fell for that blond in a heartbeat.
Speaking of pet peeves, do you ever read an early work of yours and cringe? Adverb abuse was rampant in my debut novel, romantic suspense With Good Behavior. So I edited the hell out of it and we re-launch it on 8/14/17.
If you have a moment to share my re-release the week of 8/14, signups are HERE. Thanks!