Can your heart look up? 💓⬆️ ▫️Looking up, his heart sank. I know what the author means. They mean that whatever the character has seen has made their heart sink. 🎣 But the way it’s written causes something called a ‘dangling modifier’. The subject of the sentence is ‘heart’ and the heart is said toContinue reading “‘Looking up, his heart sank.’ Did it? How bothered are you about dangling modifiers?”
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Is it dispatch box or despatch box? Should Parliament be capitalised? Back-bencher or backbencher? Proofreading dystopian political fiction.
🔎 Today’s proofread has a political theme. Dystopian fiction, written in 2017, but weirdly prescient. It’s not a futuristic setting, rather a twisted version of our own, and so the words need to be styled in a recognised way. Part of this involves carefully checking spelling, hyphenation and capitalisation. Dispatch box ❌ has become despatchContinue reading “Is it dispatch box or despatch box? Should Parliament be capitalised? Back-bencher or backbencher? Proofreading dystopian political fiction.”
January 12th 2021. Post-apoc novel: top proofreading spots.
🔎 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 ➡ the car’s grille ✔ 👩🍳Continue 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. 🔎 Here are my top #proofreading spots from the manuscript. 1️⃣ The wyvern’s took to the air. ❌ ➡ wyverns ✔ 2️⃣ “I feel like a raised you.” ❌ ➡ I raised ✔ 3️⃣ She didContinue reading “December 15th 2020. Fantasy novel: top proofreading spots.”
Is it loose or lose? And other top proofreading spots.
🔎 Today’s top #proofreading spots from an adventure Bildungsroman. Including loose vs lose, amongst others… ❌ All hell broke lose ➡ loose ✔ ❌ a eighth ➡ an eighth ✔ ❌ hypthesis ➡ hypothesis ✔ 🔎 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.
🔎 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. 📄 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.
🔎 Top #proofreading spots from a manuscript I’ve been working on today. ❌ She thrusted the blade 🔪 ➡ thrust ✔ ❌ We were on route 🚗 ➡ en route ✔ ❌ The community were celebrating 🎉 ➡ was celebrating ✔ 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.
🔎 Top #proofreading spots today. ❌ I had ran 🏃♀️ ➡ I had run ✔ ❌ glistening from copious amount of oil 💧 ➡ a copious amount / copious amounts ✔ 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.
🔎 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?
🔎 ‘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.’ ✅ 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?”