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

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ It’s Mother’s Day here in the UK. ❓ Did you wake up wondering where to put the apostrophe in your mam’s card? πŸ˜† βœ… 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?”

Is it practise or practice? (UK spelling)

πŸ”Ž Quick bit of UK spelling advice. Practice vs practise. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ 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)”

Macro and micro edits: a workflow.

🌍 Zoom out. πŸ”ŽZoom in. 🌍 Macro. πŸ”ŽMicro. Sometimes we can’t see the wood for the trees. If we are writing or editing, this can prove a real problem. Maybe we’re so concerned with the overall message that we forget about the nuts and bolts – so rogue apostrophes may escape our notice, or weContinue reading “Macro and micro edits: a workflow.”

Is it fewer or less? Countable and uncountable nouns.

❓ Confused about fewer or less? When people say there’s a rule about this, they are usually on about countable and uncountable nouns. πŸ”’ Something you can count? Like pens? Or dolls? βœ” I have fewer pens than you.βœ” You have fewer dolls than me. ⏳ Something you can’t count? Like time? Or information? βœ”Continue reading “Is it fewer or less? Countable and uncountable nouns.”

January 12th 2021. Post-apoc novel: top proofreading spots.

πŸ”Ž Grill vs grille. Puss vs pus. Feint vs faint. Had some cracking #proofreading spots this week in the post-apocalyptic novel I’m editing. Word did not flag these. But they did not get past me! I find these spots to be the most satisfying of all. ❌the car’s grill ➑ the car’s grille βœ” πŸ‘©β€πŸ³Continue reading “January 12th 2021. Post-apoc novel: top proofreading spots.”

Present tense or past tense novels? What’s your preference? Editing a novel which has changed its tense.

⏲️ Are you a fan of novels written in present tense? Some find it jarring. πŸ•°οΈ This month, I’m proofreading a series of novels which have been reworked from present tense into past tense. The author enjoys reading present-tense narratives and didn’t think it would be a problem to write his post-apoc novels this way.Continue reading “Present tense or past tense novels? What’s your preference? Editing a novel which has changed its tense.”

What I’m editing in 2021: fantasy, post-apoc and more!

Plague doctors. Post-apocalyptic wastelands. Dragons. 2021 looks exciting! Of course, I’m talking about the proofreading and editing work I’ve got booked in. Familiar territory! With some new challenges. 🐲I’m doing a 450000-word fantasy boxset in January to ensure accuracy and consistency throughout. Can’t wait to get stuck in. 😷 In February, I will proofread aContinue reading “What I’m editing in 2021: fantasy, post-apoc and more!”

What is the plural of reindeer? Is it reindeer or reindeers?

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Son: Mum, why is Rudolph not on my jumper? All the other ones are there. Me: Some people don’t consider Rudolph to be one of the traditional reindeers. Son: Reindeer. πŸ˜‚ TouchΓ©, boyo.

December 15th 2020. Fantasy novel: top proofreading spots.

It’s only 10.45 and I’ve already saved The World. That’s the name of the novella I’ve proofread this morning. πŸ”Ž Here are my top #proofreading spots from the manuscript. 1️⃣ The wyvern’s took to the air. ❌ ➑ wyverns βœ” 2️⃣ “I feel like a raised you.” ❌ ➑ I raised βœ” 3️⃣ She didContinue reading “December 15th 2020. Fantasy novel: top proofreading spots.”

Is it loose or lose? And other top proofreading spots.

πŸ”Ž Today’s top #proofreading spots from an adventure Bildungsroman. Including loose vs lose, amongst others… ❌ All hell broke lose ➑ loose βœ” ❌ a eighth ➑ an eighth βœ” ❌ hypthesis ➑ hypothesis βœ” πŸ”Ž A lot of people make the lose/loose error, but it’s usually the other way round. I think it’s becauseContinue reading “Is it loose or lose? And other top proofreading spots.”