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

โ“ 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’. ๐Ÿค— And, funnily enough, hugging has come up in my work this morning by way of a dangling modifier! ๐Ÿ”Ž Moving back, the hug was planted on her from an unwanted source. โŒ Unless the hug is ‘moving back’, this sentence construction is wrong. ‘Moving back’ modifiesContinue reading “What is a dangling modifier?”

Is it perspective or prospective?

โ“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. โŒ What’s the problem here? Copywriters โ€“ you may be at odds with my sentiment. I’ve had conversations online with copywriting parents frustrated theirContinue reading “Is it perspective or prospective?”

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

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง It’s Mother’s Day here in the UK. โ“ Did you wake up wondering where to put the apostrophe in your mam’s card? ๐Ÿ˜† โœ… 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)

๐Ÿ”Ž Quick bit of UK spelling advice. Practice vs practise. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 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.

๐ŸŒ Zoom out. ๐Ÿ”ŽZoom in. ๐ŸŒ Macro. ๐Ÿ”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 โ€“ 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.

โ“ Confused about fewer or less? When people say thereโ€™s a rule about this, they are usually on about countable and uncountable nouns. ๐Ÿ”ข Something you can count? Like pens? Or dolls? โœ” I have fewer pens than you.โœ” You have fewer dolls than me. โณ Something you canโ€™t count? Like time? Or information? โœ”Continue reading “Is it fewer or less? Countable and uncountable nouns.”

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

๐Ÿ”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. โŒthe car’s grill โžก the car’s grille โœ” ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸณContinue 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.

โฒ๏ธ Are you a fan of novels written in present tense? Some find it jarring. ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ 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.”

How much does editing cost? How much does proofreading cost? (What I’ve charged this year.)

Smallest fee: ยฃ6.35. Largest fee: ยฃ780 Like Scrooge, sitting in his counting house on Christmas Eve (or Eve-Eve, as it is today), Iโ€™m looking over my accounts from this calendar year. Iโ€™m not going to tell you how much Iโ€™ve earned! But I thought Iโ€™d share the smallest and the largest fees. The smallest feeContinue reading “How much does editing cost? How much does proofreading cost? (What I’ve charged this year.)”