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Meghan Ward

I'm a freelance writer and book editor represented by Andy Ross of the Andy Ross Literary Agency. You can read an excerpt of my memoir, Paris On Less Than $10,000 A Day, and visit my website for more info about me.

Thank You!

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a thankful post! We’re all so busy striving, striving, striving to achieve more, have more, do more, be more that we sometimes forget to appreciate what we have. So today I’m going to share a few things in my life that I’m grateful for. I am grateful for my baby [...]

A Room Of One’s Own

If you studied English in college, you probably read Virginia Woolf’s essay A Room Of One’s Own in which she states: “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” I won’t go into the figurative and feminist meanings of the text, and I’m opening this question [...]

Technical Question 4 U

For all you people who are more blog savvy than I am: How do I get my picture to show up next to comments when I choose Name/URL as my identity instead of my Google Account? Anyone using WordPress.org software know?

The Editing Hour: Save The Em-Dash!

I bet you had no idea the em-dash was endangered, did you? Well, when Julia Scheeres commented on my post about semicolons that she loves to use em-dashes as well, I remembered having read a tweet that said the em-dash had gone out of vogue with flared jeans and peasant shirts. I was shocked. So [...]

The Editing Hour: The Semicolon revisited

A quick note about semicolons. I’ve blogged about them before: how to use them to connect two independent clauses and alternatives you can use instead: a period and a capital or a comma and a coordinating conjunction, or FANBOYS. But what I didn’t say was use them sparingly. It’s tempting when you learn a new [...]

Five Ways to Murder Your Loved Ones

If you’ve been writing for a while, you’ve probably heard the expression, “Kill your darlings.” (The real expression is “Murder your darlings” and comes from Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch’s “On The Art of Writing”: “Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—whole-heartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscripts [...]

Link Love

Has it really been more than a week since I last blogged? What is becoming of me? Well, for one, it’s fall. And fall means holidays and birthdays galore. All of our friends’ kids were born in the fall/early winter, which means nearly every weekend for the next two months I will be eating pizza [...]