Why spellcheckers are good and getting better – but are still no substitute for the brain and eye of a human editor. Jim Giammatteo explains why, with some fun examples.
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Practical advice on the correct use of hyphenation, from professional editor Richard Bradburn – an issue complicated by the continuing evolution of the language and changes in common practice.
What are your pet hates in punctuation? Here’s a handy checklist of the puncutation errors that most irritate readers (and writers). Make sure you’re not guilty of them!
When it comes to writing fiction, often there are no definitive rules to certain aspects of structuring sentences. In addition, a writer’s voice, writing style, tone, and genre can and should influence choices in how to craft narrative, internal thinking, speech, and description. But there are some basic principles or practices that many fiction writers […]
Professional copyeditor and writing coach Susanne Lakin explains how learning the rules of grammar will improve the fortunes of self-published authors, creatively as well as financially. She makes particular reference to grammar in fiction writing, the focus of her latest book, “Say What?” Writers know they have to learn grammar. At least some grammar. Back […]
ALLi blog editor Debbie Young tests the online service Grammarly as a potential proofreading tool for indie authors. As an avid reader of self-published books, I know how galling it is to have the flow of a good story interrupted by typos and grammatical errors. Yet as an indie author, I understand the temptation to bypass […]