Recently, I came across some old critiques other people had written about my work. It was much like walking down memory lane, but for one thing… I noticed a trend that I don’t think I picked up on at the time. Now, I am worried that I still don’t “get it”. What trend? Well, what … Read moreDifference between “passed” and “past”
Everyone makes mistakes. It’s life! But when you’re an aspiring writer then you should take the time to learn the basics in grammar. Using the wrong word in a sentence can change its meaning. More importantly, it can also make you look silly to the reader. Here are some basics you should know: Like this … Read more15 Grammar Goofs that Make You Look Silly
Editing and proofreading is not just about printed matter/publications, it also involves working with other technology such as: A website, where you would proof the pages on-screen and either email, fax or post back the corrections. A PDF document, where you would proof the document on-screen and email back the corrections. A Word, RTF or … Read moreEditing Course: Using Technology
When editing manuscripts for books, it’s important to understand the use of inverted commas for speech, quotes and apostrophes. Speech Marks: Single or Double? We use speech marks (ie “…” or ‘…’) in novels, magazines and newspapers to indicate when a person is talking. Different countries have their own standards when displaying speech marks. In … Read moreEditing Course: Perfect Punctuation II
I discovered, the other day, that Word has a nifty feature that might prove invaluable. Find and replace. Yes, I knew about the normal operation of “find and replace”, but I didn’t know you could use this feature to turn all words in italic to underlined instead. This would literally save hours and hours of … Read moreMore than just “Find and Replace”
I found this simple page of Some Dos and Don’ts in writing. Some of the things listed are common sense, but others may not be so well known. However, one of them I didn’t understand at all and would appreciate some enlightenment. Maybe I’m not fully awake, although I should be it’s almost 1pm, or … Read moreSome Dos and Don’ts in Writing
I had to find some basic grammar and punctuation websites to post in a thread on my message board, and I thought it might be a good idea to place them here too. I don’t believe a successful writer has to have talent. Anyone can learn to write, if they have the desire to do … Read moreGrammar and Punctuation
As I stated yesterday, my weakness is passive sentences. The following links were supplied to me by one of the critters who felt I might benefit from them. Active and Passive Verbs Passive Voice Past Continuous I’m sharing them with you, in case you could benefit too.