Cherry Edits: free 1000-word sample edit. Try before you buy.

❓ If you’ve never tried something, how do you know if it’s missing from your life? In Grace Dent’s column this week, she ponders whether she’ll ever be able to go back to ‘eat[ing] toast served in what feels like a working creche by someone wearing a singlet and displaying armpit hair’ 🀣when she canContinue reading “Cherry Edits: free 1000-word sample edit. Try before you buy.”

May 12th 2020. Fantasy novel: top proofreading spots.

πŸ”Ž Today’s top #proofreading spots from a fantasy novel. ❌ The tower rose in the distance, its height all the more impressiveness from her vantage point ➑️ impressive βœ… ❌ The creature’s wings billowed and caught on an updraft ➑️ updraught βœ… πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ ❌ Mystical plains ➑️ planes βœ… ❌ A minute or slater ➑️Continue reading “May 12th 2020. Fantasy novel: top proofreading spots.”

Is it immanent or imminent? Top proofreading spot.

πŸ”Ž Most satisfying #proofreading spot of the day: Immanent ➑️ imminent β›” Microsoft Word’s spellcheck did not recognise ‘immanent’ as being incorrect. Why not? πŸ’‘ Because ‘immanent’ is a word. It means “existing or operating within; inherent” (Google Dictionary definition). But the author of this #gamelit novel wanted ‘imminent’ as in “about to happen”. That’sContinue reading “Is it immanent or imminent? Top proofreading spot.”

My story: looking to the future.

#MyStory In 1300 characters, it’s hard to fit this in! So I’ll give the edited highlights and, for a different angle to this challenge, fast forward to an imagined future, five years from now. Affirmations written in the present tense, if you will. πŸ‘©β€πŸ« My story: love English and French. Went to Keele Uni toContinue reading “My story: looking to the future.”

Should I get a second monitor for my PC? Yes!

I treated myself to a second monitor and my efficiency shot up! πŸ–₯️πŸ–₯️ When I edit a manuscript, if my client doesn’t have a style sheet, I create one.πŸ“ƒ This one’s shared with the author’s permission: manuscript screen 1, style sheet screen 2–it’s so much easier. Whether fiction or non-fiction, I start by setting downContinue reading “Should I get a second monitor for my PC? Yes!”

Proper nouns. What are they and why are they important in novels?

I do love a good proper noun. They can really anchor you in a particular time and place. 🎯 I don’t mean a ‘right good’ noun. I mean the kind of noun, identified by an initial capital, denoting a particular person, place or thing. πŸ“…The novel I’m currently editing makes good use of proper nouns.Continue reading “Proper nouns. What are they and why are they important in novels?”

How many words is your average edit?

πŸ“ˆ A positive of lockdown: I’ve increased my daily #editing word count. πŸ”’ Having just returned my second-longest manuscript to date two weeks ahead of schedule, I’ve done a bit of number crunching. πŸ”Ž While I’m not ready to share my daily word count, I will tell you a bit about what I do throughContinue reading “How many words is your average edit?”

Stay home or stay at home? Is the preposition on its way out?

It’s really interesting to see how language is changing in the current #Covid19 crisis. The BBC news app tells us that people are being told to ‘stay home’. On the signs people have been making for their windows, you can see the appeal of the symmetry of STAYHOME four letters apiece. Anyone in the UKContinue reading “Stay home or stay at home? Is the preposition on its way out?”

March 23rd 2020. Puzzle book: top proofreading spots.

πŸ”Ž Today’s #proofreading spots are from a fascinating project I’ve been working on: a lateral-thinking puzzle disguised as a furniture catalogue. Errors shared with permission. ❌ inhance ➑️ enhance βœ… ❌ metalllic ➑️ metallic βœ… ❌ ubiqitous ➑️ ubiquitous βœ… ❌ fascimile ➑️ facsimile βœ… ❌ seperately ➑️ separately βœ… Problems like this can occurContinue reading “March 23rd 2020. Puzzle book: top proofreading spots.”

Should mum be capitalised? Should university be capitalised?

πŸ”Ž Mum or mum? University or university? In the manuscript I returned this weekend, one issue was the misplacement of capital letters in nouns such as the ones above. My client often opted for the uppercase option but that wasn’t always the correct call. β–ͺ️Keeping mum Whether to use uppercase or lowercase depends on whetherContinue reading “Should mum be capitalised? Should university be capitalised?”