Grammar: The Parts of Speech

If we examine the words in any sentence, we observe that they have different tasks or duties to perform in the expression of thought. Savage beasts roamed through the forest. In this sentence, beasts and forest are the names of objects; roamed asserts action, telling us what the beasts did; savage describes the beasts; through … Read moreGrammar: The Parts of Speech

Difference between “passed” and “past”

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”

15 Grammar Goofs that Make You Look Silly

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 Course: Using Technology

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

Editing Course: Perfect Punctuation II

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

More than just “Find and Replace”

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”