Should I use commas in lists of adjectives? Co-ordinate and cumulative adjectives.

❓ Loud cackling laugh or loud, cackling laugh? Is cackling laugh a noun in itself, or is cackling an adjective describing the noun? If we establish that laugh is the noun, cackling is the adjective. Loud is also an adjective describing the laugh. So, you’re listing adjectives. These are co-ordinate adjectives, each in turn modifyingContinue reading “Should I use commas in lists of adjectives? Co-ordinate and cumulative adjectives.”

What is a dangling modifier?

Today has been dubbed the ‘day of hugs’. 🤗 And, funnily enough, hugging has come up in my work this morning by way of a dangling modifier! 🔎 Moving back, the hug was planted on her from an unwanted source. ❌ Unless the hug is ‘moving back’, this sentence construction is wrong. ‘Moving back’ modifiesContinue reading “What is a dangling modifier?”

Is it Mother’s Day or Mothers’ Day? Where should the apostrophe go?

🇺🇲 It’s Mother’s Day in the USA. ❓ Did you wake up wondering where to put the apostrophe in your mom’s card? 😆 ✅ Well, it’s your lucky day as I can confirm it should go between the ‘R’ and the ‘S’. Mother’s Day. Yes, more than one mum is celebrating her special day today,Continue reading “Is it Mother’s Day or Mothers’ Day? Where should the apostrophe go?”

Is it perspective or prospective?

❓Perspective or prospective? From a teacher’s prospective, encouraging ambitious vocabulary is worthwhile as students are rewarded highly for this in examinations. It will make their answers stand out to perspective examiners. ❌ What’s the problem here? Copywriters – you may be at odds with my sentiment. I’ve had conversations online with copywriting parents frustrated theirContinue reading “Is it perspective or prospective?”

Removing my invisibility cloak: I’m Claire Cronshaw and I am an editor. Who are you and what are you working on right now?

Check out this article. Indie authors. You want to be seen. For the sake of your books, you need visibility. But. But… Talking about fear and wanting to stay hidden, Laura says: “That part of me exists for a reason, because it was once useful and it’s familiar. I can’t cut it loose, I can’tContinue reading “Removing my invisibility cloak: I’m Claire Cronshaw and I am an editor. Who are you and what are you working on right now?”

Is LinkedIn an appropriate platform to share flash fiction and poetry? I think so!

For some reason, just recently, poetry and flash fiction has become a feature of my feed. And it’s been a welcome addition. There are some very talented writers out there and I love reading your stuff. It’s perfect for this platform. I know there are social media terms for this, but I can’t think whatContinue reading “Is LinkedIn an appropriate platform to share flash fiction and poetry? I think so!”

Mother’s Day or Mothers’ Day? Where should the apostrophe go?

🇬🇧 It’s Mother’s Day here in the UK. ❓ Did you wake up wondering where to put the apostrophe in your mam’s card? 😆 ✅ Well, it’s your lucky day as I can confirm it should go between the ‘R’ and the ‘S’. Yes, more than one mum is celebrating her special day today, butContinue reading “Mother’s Day or Mothers’ Day? Where should the apostrophe go?”

What are the benefits of CIEP membership? (Chartered Insitute of Editing and Proofreading)

😁 I’ve just renewed my membership of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) for another year. ❓ What do I get out of my membership? – Access to forums to tap into the hive mind of my editorial colleagues – Opportunities for work from the IM Available list – Discounted training opportunities (*theContinue reading “What are the benefits of CIEP membership? (Chartered Insitute of Editing and Proofreading)”

Is it practise or practice? (UK spelling)

🔎 Quick bit of UK spelling advice. Practice vs practise. 🇬🇧 If you don’t have trouble with advice and advise, then you won’t have trouble with practice and practise. Advise is to practise what practice is to advice. You give someone ‘advice’ (with the ‘c’, it’s a noun, a thing.) You ‘advise’ someone (with theContinue reading “Is it practise or practice? (UK spelling)”

The power of ‘no’? How about the power of ‘yes’? How I can help you in your self-publishing journey.

❓Are you someone who says ‘yes’ too often? We often hear that. The power of no. Remember to be in control. I’ve listened to that advice and tried to not leave myself open to *can you justs*… However, despite being mega busy, I decided to say ‘yes’ this week a couple of times where IContinue reading “The power of ‘no’? How about the power of ‘yes’? How I can help you in your self-publishing journey.”