With no knowledge other than your manuscript’s word count and whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, I can with a high degree of accuracy predict three things. In this post, I’ll tell you what they are and why they matter.
It's important to understand the legal and reputational risks you face as an author, particularly if you write nonfiction. You may be familiar with the rules that apply to academic writing, but those rules most likely do not apply to you now.
What follows is an explanation of how to track and cite your sources per Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), which is the publishing industry's style guide.
Using passive voice is an oft-cited faux pas for writers.
Before I get into what it is and how to correct it, I want to be clear: Passive voice is not a bad thing. Don't listen to grammar pedants who tell you otherwise. It's better to use active voice in many writing situations. This post addresses situations when active voice is better than passive and why.