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Not Only

Writers use “not only” to vary their writing but it can be wordy. See how much more direct the second instances are compared to the first. In the first example I am editing a writer that I work with, in … Continue reading

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More Revising Examples

Before and after. The original sentences are just fine, partly making up an entertaining review of a colorful Mojave Desert town. No criticism intended. But these revisions should come to mind immediately on first read. Tighten, tighten, tighten. Many of … Continue reading

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The Essential Errata

An errata orĀ corrigendum is a corrections list, a paper or web page correcting errors in a publication, typically a large academic work. The errata fills the gap between the next edition of a book, when any errors are formally corrected. … Continue reading

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Making Copy Move. If You Have The Time.

In my work I edit the writing of several people. I respect their efforts and acknowledge that they work under deadline pressure. In a similar vein, I find it amazing how good most daily newspaper writers are, considering they have … Continue reading

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Eliminating Parentheses. Or, Maybe Not.

I think parentheses look strange and make a sentence choppy. Also, once a writer starts using parentheses, they tend to use them more and more, for reasons I can’t explain. Like semi-colons, once used, they proliferate. The original paragraph reads … Continue reading

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Proofreading, Editing, and Revising

I frequently work on the writing of others, chiefly foreign speakers for whom English is a second language. Proofreading is the lightest correcting I do, revisions involve the most work. People argue greatly over what these terms mean. Here are … Continue reading

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When Do Your Eyes Glaze Over?

“A reader’s eyes may glaze over after they take in a couple of paragraphs about Canadian tariffs or political developments in Pakistan; a story about the reader himself or his neighbors will be read to the end.” Donald E. Graham … Continue reading

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