It’s after dark, the children are asleep, and I’ve had a glass of wine. I approach my husband and ask him to join me in the bedroom. I need help only he can provide. Sounds like the beginning of an erotic scene, doesn’t it? But believe me, it’s far from romantic. Half the time, I…

How do you keep yourself motivated and disciplined? Easy – I love what I do! How do you manage your writing time with everything else you do? How has that changed from when you were starting out? For me, it’s a case of I want to succeed with my writing business, so I make time…

Sharing time: I love commas. They do so many fun things. But they’re also one of the most complicated punctuation marks to use. You might have learned in school that a comma represents a natural pause in a sentence. Untrue. The comma’s primary role is to separate distinct elements within a sentence. We separate these…

  Why do you write? I’ve always loved words and stories. Another thing I loved growing up was putting jigsaw puzzles together and I think story writing is very similar. The writing process to me has always been like stumbling across a few intriguing pieces from a giant unknown jigsaw puzzle and then trying to…

We’re surrounded by written content these days, particularly in a professional context—from social media feeds and email newsletters to annual reports and academic journal articles, writing seems to make the work world go round. If you’re an editor, this is great news—chances are that all of those words are going to need an expert pair…

Why do you write?  I write poetry. Poetry for me is really about getting something written down and then looking back at the patterns, then adding, adding, cutting, rearranging. It’s also about patience and trust in myself. If I just keep writing without filtering, I learn a lot about my own concealed obsessions. The editing…

Why do you write? I really have no idea. It’s the one occupation that draws broadly enough across enough areas of interest that I don’t become bored. But who knows if that’s really the truth of it. What were your greatest obstacles starting out? How did you overcome them? I was really bad at writing….

You’ve finished a book! Time to have it illustrated. Do I need illustrations? Illustrations are not only for children’s books. My career started at the literary end of speculative fiction, and I have illustrated cookbooks, magazine articles and PhD dissertations. Illustrations can set your book apart, explain the text, make it beautiful and interesting, and…

I was overjoyed when I heard I’d been awarded a QWC/Olvar Wood Mentorship. Inga Simpson was a participant in the QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program two years before me. I knew her writing to be thoughtful, intelligent and magical and was certain that working with her would be an immense privilege. I wasn’t wrong. After reading…

QWC interviewed Koren Helbig, freelance writer and editor …   Why did you decide to start writing freelance, and how did you start growing your career? In 2012 I popped over to Spain for a holiday with friends and loved it so much I promptly started scheming a way to get back there more permanently….

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