A friend and colleague recently shared an experience on social media that I, and many other professional writers, could relate to. When an aspiring writer approaches you for feedback or advice beyond what you have the capacity to give freely, how do you graciously decline?
If you’ve read my books, you know that I split hairs over words. I love nuance, and want to preserve it wherever possible. So I’m unsparing when writers don’t take the trouble to look words up, or when copy editors let loosey goose usage glide on by. Take careen, career, and carom.