Part 4 of the self-editing for authors mini-series continues with some ways writers can use the search function to improve style.
Editing English Articles
Jan 8, 2022
Part 4 of self-editing for authors touches on how listening to your work can help you refine your writing style.
Dec 4, 2021
Part 3 in the series on how to self-edit is about refining a work’s structure to make sure the story holds together.
Part 2 of the self-editing mini-series is all about why a reader’s questions are the most valuable tool for content editing.
Effective self-editing is a superpower for any writer, and it starts with one very important step.
Nov 19, 2014 | Editing English
Junk English comes in many flavors, some of which are very addictive. Overused phrases. Buzz words. Hyperbole. Euphemisms. Filler words. We usually don't notice or mind when someone uses these devices in speech – and most of us do. Sometimes they have redeeming...
Apr 5, 2014 | Editing English
I'm so glad that people sometimes say — and write — unwittingly funny, telling, or bizarre things. Even the most articulate people and the most well-edited publications are subject to editorial slip-ups, and you just have to be grateful for that. I, for one, can laugh...
Mar 1, 2014 | Editing English
It's not an obsession, this thing I have about apostrophes. It's just that the poor things are so misunderstood and misused! When I notice one in the wrong place, I can't get it out of my mind. It's the same feeling I get when I'm visiting someone's home and the...
Feb 15, 2014 | Editing English
My brother is a software engineer who considered being a math major in college. I, on the other hand, make my living in words and rejoiced when I learned that I would never actually need calculus. Not long ago, he and I chatted about what sorts of things we randomly...
Jan 1, 2014 | Editing English
When I drove up to Pennsylvania to spend Christmas with my family, I passed a digital road sign that read, “Caution New Traffic Pattern’s Ahead.” Those signs – the Lite-Brite answer to Gutenberg – definitely attract attention. (I would like to know the statistics of...