About the Proofreader

My name is Morrisa Neely, and I am a proofreader.

I got my start in spotting errors when I was just a kid. When you’re given a name that’s close, but not quite, like another, you learn the myriad ways people can misspell something. I’ve been called Morissa, Marissa, Marrisa, Morrise, and any other spelling you can think of that goes with that one name.

Don’t worry: I won’t make you learn to spell my name if you choose to work with me. Just call me M.

The Professional

Since 2017, I’ve been the person the Hickman County Times, a weekly newspaper publication in Tennessee, depends on for polishing its news stories. For a lot longer, I’ve been proofreading my own work, and a few other people’s. I have experience editing a little bit of everything, from fiction to large batches of data to anything else you might find in a good newspaper.

I have worked with documents and images in Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, LibreOffice, Google Docs, Google Sheets, PDFs, and more. When I’m not proofreading, I am often sorting and typing or reformatting large quantities of information that needs to be entered into the computer and arranged precisely, giving me a keen eye for others’ errors and my own.

I like words. A lot. I like proofreading. I like poring over text and hunting down typos, grammar issues, and other nitpicky little problems that others miss. I care about making people’s words sing. And I don’t want someone else to open up a piece of text and go, “Aw, man, somebody misspelled my name AGAIN.”

Let’s work together to make your words better.

The Person

An image of me, a white, plus size AFAB person with long brown hair. I am smiling.

My pronouns are they/them. Along with writing, I like knitting, fountain pens, high-quality quiet time, and a good cup of coffee or tea. My favorite thing to knit is colorwork. My favorite pen is the vintage and gorgeous Parker Vacumatic, though I adore my Pilots—Custom 74 and Custom Heritage 91 with SM nibs, and a Custom 823 with an M—and I find myself reaching for my Lamy 2k full of Iroshizuku Yama Budo quite often. The red in my pen is a little more purple than most proofreaders’, but who wants to be like everybody else?

I’ve been writing since 2004. I’ve dabbled in self-publishing, but I decided I loved writing fiction too much to commercialize it. Some things are more important than money. For me, writing fiction is one of them.

I live in Middle Tennessee with two senior chihuahuas and a senior shih tzu, my aging parents, and an aging cousin. Pandora the chihuahua is my melodramatic, bed-thieving queen. I love her dearly, and I’m sure you will, too.

A chihuahua lying on her side and glancing sideways at the camera, looking annoyed
No one is allowed to photograph the queen without her permission

Along with words and fountain pens and dogs, I love octopi, space and stars, computers, the internet, all the colors ever, and weirdness. Douglas Adams is my favorite author. Plethora is my favorite word. I believe that people need to be kind and understanding, that nobody is perfect, and that creativity is beautiful. Everyone is coping with something. Be compassionate.

While you’re here, be sure to check out the services I offer, or, if you’re looking for something to read, my blog. Thank you for stopping by!

Proofreading Education and Experience

  • Employed as a proofreader and a member of the production staff of the Hickman County Timesa weekly newspaper in Centerville, Tennessee, since 2017
  • Freelance proofreader since 2022
  • Writer since 2004
  • Attended the University of Tennessee at Martin. English Major, writing focus; member of the Honors Seminar Program
  • An Introduction to Proofreading, Alison.com, 2023
  • Proofread Like a Pro, Udemy.com, 2023
  • The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course, 2023
  • Editing and Proofreading Made Simple, LinkedIn, 2023
  • Grammar Foundations, LinkedIn, 2023
  • Advanced Grammar, LinkedIn, 2023

Just for Fun: Five Favorite Writing Books

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Five writing books that I highly recommend:

  1. The Emotion Thesaurus (Kindle version) (non-Amazon link), by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
  2. Word Painting (Kindle version), by Rebecca McClanahan
  3. Bird by Bird (Kindle version) (non-Amazon link), by Anne Lamott
  4. Take Off Your Pants (Kindle version) (non-Amazon link), by Libbie Hawker
  5. Romancing the Beat (Kindle version) (non-Amazon link), by Gwen Hayes