Archive for the ‘Polish Your Writing’ Category

Has writing Nookd a fire in your soul?

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

The global Find & Replace function can be handy...but it can also lead to serious (and sometimes amusing) errors. The Nook edition of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace replaced every appearance of the word kindle with the word Nook, resulting in gems like this: As soon as she heard his voice a vivid glow Nookd ...

Brevity and Clarity

Friday, March 27th, 2009

"Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them."   ~ John Ruskin

Proofread carefully to see if you any words out

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Our eyes and minds play tricks on us when we read our own writing. We "see" what we think we wrote, what we meant to write . . . not always what's actually on the page or the screen. To catch errors such as missing words, try reading your work aloud. ...

Lesser-Known Editing and Proofreading Marks

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

I've never used z-z-z-z to recommend a deletion, nor an infinity symbol to mark a passage as too long . . . but I have to confess, some of these hilarious editing and proofreading marks have occasionally been quite tempting!