After a publisher client suggested that all its editors try Word’s Read Aloud feature to help eliminate errors such as missing or repeated words, I decided to give it a shot. I hadn’t used the feature before and suspected I’d react badly to another voice in my head while editing. But for a last look […]
Zombies are fueled by mindless hunger, and this mindlessness is part of what makes them scary. If you have a choice between reasoning with a zombie and bashing one in the head with a shovel, the latter approach is more likely to help you avoid becoming one of the undead yourself. Zombie rules in grammar […]
Online grammar quizzes pop up all over the place, and I often find them hard to resist. I’m a copyeditor, so why bother with quizzes I should breeze through? Isn’t it like shooting fish in a barrel? Yes, but it always feels good to ace something, and people working outside traditional office settings often need […]
Style guides promote consistency for clear and accurate communication. A consistent approach to style shows professionalism and builds trust with the reader. Consistency also helps readers understand what is being communicated without having to question whether inconsistencies were intentional or a case of sloppiness or inattention. If two instances of the same term are styled […]
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost upon us. I participated for the first time three years ago and now have three successful campaigns under my belt (meaning I’ve hit the 50,000-word mark each time). Brag much, James? I know, I know, but if I’m going to offer tips for the event I should at […]
You’ve just put the finishing touches on your masterpiece and cannot wait to share it with the world. There’s no reason to wait another second, right?