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Dear Geist, How does a young writer know what genre is the best one to work in? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Which is correct, (a), (b), or both? (a) All of them are overdressed for the hike; (b) None of them is properly dressed for the hike. Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Does all writing always have to conform to a publisher's house style? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, I must take issue with your advice to Tiana in Yarmouth, a writer who hopes to volunteer at a publishing company for a few months. Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, How does a first-time novel writer know when it’s time to show their work to others for comment/critique? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Please settle a bet on biweekly—does it mean twice a week, or every second week? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Is it a mistake to try to write when you really aren’t in the mood? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, What's your policy on using gender pronouns when referring to animals? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Is anyone but me sick to death of “impossibly,” the new (sort of) favourite adverb in contemporary fiction? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Yes or no: Do writers have to be proficient in spelling and grammar to be any good? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Would you think I'm crazy if I offer to work as an unpaid intern in a publishing company? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Would you think I'm crazy if I offer to work as an unpaid intern in a publishing company? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Have you got a simple definition of the word irony? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Why does my spelling/grammar checker keep capitalizing the word is in the title of my essay, “What is Empathy”? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

What do you call three asterisks in a row demarcating a section break? Read more

FOR WRITERS

What can you tell me about the word sharpie as a verb? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

What are the main ways for a young writer to develop their unique writing style, and how long does it take? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Do you have a simple trick for writers to remember the rules on writing lie, lay, laid and/or lain? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

ADVICE FOR THE LIT-LORN
WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

 

How does a young writer know what genre is the best one to work in?

 
—Lucas Foringer, Etobicoke ON
 

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