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.”

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.”

Best proofreading or editing spots? When the name of something has changed. Consistency is the key.

πŸ”Ž Want to know my all-time favourite type of proofreading spot? When I catch that the name of something has changed. 🍦 Like the same ice cream parlour with two different names in two different chapters. 🏘 Or the same street with two different names in two different chapters. πŸ“„ I catch these inconsistencies byContinue reading “Best proofreading or editing spots? When the name of something has changed. Consistency is the key.”

October 20th 2020. Top proofreading spots.

πŸ”Ž Top #proofreading spots from a manuscript I’ve been working on today. ❌ She thrusted the blade πŸ”ͺ ➑ thrust βœ” ❌ We were on route πŸš— ➑ en route βœ” ❌ The community were celebrating πŸŽ‰ ➑ was celebrating βœ” So, we have an irregular past tense verb, a French borrowing and an agreementContinue reading “October 20th 2020. Top proofreading spots.”

October 7th 2020. Top proofreading spots.

πŸ”Ž Top #proofreading spots today. ❌ I had ran πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ ➑ I had run βœ” ❌ glistening from copious amount of oil πŸ’§ ➑ a copious amount / copious amounts βœ” So, we have a past participle issue and an agreement issue. Glad to be of assitance cleaning up the manuscript before it’s published.

Is it loath or loathe? Top proofreading spot.

πŸ”Ž Top #proofreading spot from today. Loathe vs Loath. You loathe something if you hate it. 🀒 For example, I loathe scampi. It’s the texture. Yuck. And in this example, loathe is a verb. Notice the ‘e’ on the end of the word. 🦐 Whereas, I am loath to eat prawns. For the same reason.Continue reading “Is it loath or loathe? Top proofreading spot.”

Top proofreading spots: vocabulary. Stalagmites or stalactites? Servility or civility?

πŸ”Ž ‘Stalagmites hung from the ceiling, shimmering with alchemical light.’ ❌ One of my favourite types of #proofreading spot is when I’ve caught a wrong word choice. ‘Stalactites hung from the ceiling, shimmering with alchemical light.’ βœ… Tites hang down! NOTE also the change from a G to a C: stalaCtites. Another one I flaggedContinue reading “Top proofreading spots: vocabulary. Stalagmites or stalactites? Servility or civility?”

How do you hyphenate or use a dash in the names of mathematical concepts? And are they capitalised?

πŸ€“ I enjoyed the maths! There’s a sentence I never thought I’d say. πŸ”Ž I’ve recently proofread ‘The Nick Warner Chronicles Vol II’, an adventure-filled Bildungsroman about the life of a maths genius. Nick navigates tricky life circumstances by applying maths. πŸ”Ž As part of the edit, I checked every hypothesis, theory, concept and formula,Continue reading “How do you hyphenate or use a dash in the names of mathematical concepts? And are they capitalised?”

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.”