Why POV matters in fiction. And what resources can you recommend for the study of narrative point of view?

πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“ Narrative point of view is a fascinating area of study. I don’t (yet) offer developmental edits but it’s important that I understand the stages above/before copyediting so that any flaws which remain in the text (such as head hopping or broken binding) can be flagged for the author’s consideration. As I study this stuff,Continue reading “Why POV matters in fiction. And what resources can you recommend for the study of narrative point of view?”

Want to be sure you’re getting a professional editor? Don’t go with one who claims to be good at everything.

This ⬇️ I’ve been getting some advice from this marketing/copywriting fella and he’s really making me think differently. This is really empowering. When you’ve changed professions as I have, no matter how much training you’ve done (and I’ve done lots now), you still get imposter syndrome rearing its ugly head. BUT… this sentence shows imposterContinue reading “Want to be sure you’re getting a professional editor? Don’t go with one who claims to be good at everything.”

Macros for increasing efficiency and accuracy in editing – not to mention staving off RSI.

I reckon the hour or so I spent today being Paul Beverley’s guineapig (installing macros ‘by the tourist route’) might be the best hour I’ve spent on CPD. These are macros which are going to increase my efficiency and accuracy as an editor and they will reduce the number of clicks/keystrokes needed to perform certainContinue reading “Macros for increasing efficiency and accuracy in editing – not to mention staving off RSI.”

Do you feel the fear? That’s a good thing. Here’s why.

πŸ’¬ β€œAre you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” (Continue reading “Do you feel the fear? That’s a good thing. Here’s why.”

Conference reflections. How do you feel after you’ve done some CPD?

This week has been a rollercoaster of emotions. 😁 Absolutely chuffed to bits by my professional progress which I recognised when imposter syndrome did not rear its ugly head at this year’s Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) conference. I noticed I’m not bamboozled by jargon. I have so many editing experiences under myContinue reading “Conference reflections. How do you feel after you’ve done some CPD?”

Do you like online conferences? I do! CIEP 2021.

πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ Hands up – who likes it when a conference is online? I do. Because it means this can be my day ⬇️ Sunday: 🚸 Ironing uniforms πŸ›’ Getting a shop in πŸ‘©β€πŸ³ Cooking family meals βž• πŸ“” Learning more about developmental editing πŸ’· Picking up some ideas for marketing πŸ–₯️ Finding out more aboutContinue reading “Do you like online conferences? I do! CIEP 2021.”

Is a tidy workspace a must for you? It is for me.

❓ Clearing the decks. Do you do it? Is a tidy workspace a reflection of a tidy mind? The cause of a tidy mind? Or not linked at all? 😁 First quiet day working from home since 13th July. πŸŽ‰ My son is back at school and I have three full days to work onContinue reading “Is a tidy workspace a must for you? It is for me.”

I’m editing a post-apoc novel this month. What are you up to?

πŸŽ‰ September — let’s go! πŸ“šπŸ”ŽπŸ”₯ I’m editing a post-apoc novel this month. ❓What else is on my agenda? Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) conference which I am very much looking forward to. Best value-for-money CPD hands down Accountability group meeting to check-in with my fellow editorial professionals to see how we areContinue reading “I’m editing a post-apoc novel this month. What are you up to?”

When and why I changed career direction.

My mother-in-law… πŸ˜‚ No, this isn’t the start of a Les Dawson joke. My mother-in-law may not remember this but she once said to me that I was institutionalised. It was a while ago now and it was something she said when we were talking about careers. She didn’t say it in malice. It wasn’tContinue reading “When and why I changed career direction.”

Saturday adventures: a dragon quest.

πŸ‰ I went on a dragon quest this afternoon. πŸ₯š I was part of an elite crew of sleuths tracking down the villain who attempted to steal the golden dragon egg. πŸ”Ž We searched high and low. Scoured the landscape. Used our skills of logic and deduction. And we did it. πŸ† The villain hasContinue reading “Saturday adventures: a dragon quest.”