Posts Tagged "editing"

Planning to write a blog. Planning to view totality. (Similarities? Totally!)

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Planning to write a blog. Planning to view totality. (Similarities? Totally!)

I geek out about many things.

The need for an apostrophe before the last “s” in a word (singular possessive: “the cat’s kittens”) or after (plural possessive: “the cats’ kittens”). A perfect cup of hot tea. Any episode of Star Trek TOS (The Original Series, for you neophytes). Terrific historical fiction and non-fiction. Almost anything science-related and explainable in lay-person terms … including this year’s nationwide craze over the first total solar eclipse to traverse the continental United States since 1979!

I toyed with totality for a whole year. All (excuse the pun) the stars aligned: the eclipse took place on third week in August, our usual time for family summer vacations; my son’s camp ended the previous Friday; and the eclipse was going over the East Coast!

Planning the excursion was similar to the writing and editing process for any article or blog….

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Typos in the pre-digital age. Or, why proofing your work matters then … AND now.

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Typos in the pre-digital age. Or, why proofing your work matters then … AND now.

Think back to a high school or college writing assignment. Term paper, book report … anything, really. Did you get dinged for typos? (Shorthand for typographical errors, in case you were wondering.) Does a particularly egregious error come to mind?

Allow me to get this conversation going, with an embarrassingly cringe-worthy example out of my own not-so-recent past….

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Cursive, curses? No! Cursive, creative.

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 | 1 comment

Cursive, curses? No! Cursive, creative.

Another holiday season, another slew of season’s greetings cards to send out.

I always compose brief notes on each card. For the occasion, I break out my (somewhat rusty) cursive writing skills.…

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Writing and Editing as Art and Science

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Writing and Editing as Art and Science

In late April my third-grader received homework relating to the elementary school’s annual “Science Matters Day”: explaining how music and sound relates to science.

We are a household of science buffs, so with customary gusto my son and I scoured the internet for sources that could inform his answer….

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To know what you REALLY wrote? Record, replay, LISTEN!

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 | 0 comments

To know what you REALLY wrote? Record, replay, LISTEN!

Back in July on LinkedIn, I shared the following 10-step technique for out-loud proofreading that works with any and all types of copy:

1. Print out a copy of your writing.
2. Grab your favorite pen.
3. Read aloud to yourself slowly…

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