proofreading

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    How to Spell License: What to Watch for Wednesday #4

    You know what I’m doing here, folks? I am calling myself out. There is a word that was the bane of my existence for years, that stuck in my craw, that never seemed to come out of my brain correctly when I needed to use it. That word? License. Or Lisence? Lisense? Licence? My old trouble with this tricky lil word took me to the wilds of Google to get…

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    Ask a Proofreader, Chirping Crickets Edition

    Didn’t receive any proofreading questions this week, womp womp. 🙁 What would help you the most with your writing or your proofreading? What do you need? What do you need help with? Please, do ask! I’d love to help you out if I can. Either submit your questions in the comments or by email, and I’ll post my answers next Thursday. While you’re here, would you like to know more…

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    i.e. vs. e.g.: What to Watch for Wednesday #3

    Bobzo the Example guy had many theories about his neighbor, Frank. Bobzo read many books about supernatural creatures, i.e. werewolves, witches, ghosts, and the like, and had concluded that Frank was a vampire. Frank, from what he could tell, seemed to suffer from alliumphobia, e.g. the fear of garlic, and a bit of heliophobia—fear of the sun—as well. Was Frank really a vampire? Clearly! Or did Bobzo just read too…

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    The Key to Clarity: Proofreading Product Descriptions

    Product descriptions. You can hardly go out without running into another product description. They’re everywhere! So how on earth are you going to get your product description to pop? By ensuring your customers see the product’s value. A good product description is like any other kind of writing. You want it to grab your reader by the eyes and capture their attention. You want it to compel them, to make…

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    Ask a Proofreader #1

    Last week, I put out a call for questions from readers, and I received this one: Question: My biggest struggle with proofreading is how to know a piece has been edited to its fullest potential and the desired meaning comes across. Generally I put the pieces down and come back to it after a few days to a week, but do you have any shortcuts or tips? This is a…

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    Dashes and Hyphens: What to Watch For Wednesday #2

    The 1400—2022 period of history was quite eventful. Many births, deaths, and other happenings happened-I cannot hazard a guess of how many. And now here we are, in 2023, with more happenings happening every day-so many happenings. Maybe someday, we will take an in–depth look at them all-okay, probably not; this is a proofreading blog, not a news blog. In the meantime, let’s take an in–depth look at what on…

  • Got Questions? #1

    Do you have any questions about how to proofread? How to write better? Grammar, spelling, you name it? Or maybe ideas for what you’d like to see here? Drop me a line! Either ask me in the comments, use my contact form, or send me an email. I’ll share the answers next Thursday. Send me those questions!

  • What to Watch for Wednesday: Weary vs. Wary

    Welcome to the first edition of What to Watch for Wednesday, a weekly feature where I go over common issues I see when I’m proofreading or wandering through the wilds of the internet. These may be usage errors, common grammar issues, common spelling issues, or anything else along those lines. If you have an issue that you’d like to see highlighted and explained, drop me a line! “I’m weary of…

  • The Power of the Beta Reader: How to Get Valuable Feedback Before Publication

    Writing a story is a deeply personal process. When you’re writing, you’re weaving a tale using only your brain. It might seem like your characters are in the driver’s seat at times, but it’s all you, baby. You’re the one pouring your heart and soul and guts onto the page. You’re the one turning fragments of yourself into words on a page. Naturally, you want those words to be wonderful.…

  • The Importance of Proofreading in Business Writing

    What might a typo cost you? Think about it. How much harm do you think one can do? At 9:21 a.m. on July 22, 1962, NASA launched Mariner 1, a probe meant to conduct the first American flyby of the planet Venus. As it flew, it started drifting northeast of its scheduled path, and attempts to correct its course failed. At 9:26 a.m., the rocket was ordered to self-destruct. One…

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