More tricky words and how to use them in your writing

Ever since I wrote about commonly misused words, I’ve been seeing tricky words misused everywhere!  Here are my additions to the original list. Some of these tricky words were suggested to me and others have cropped up in a range of newspapers, online news sites, newsletters and social media. Many of these pairs of words … Continue reading More tricky words and how to use them in your writing

How an editor can bring out the best in your writing

‘So what does an editor do, exactly?’ I’m often asked what my role as an editor involves, what an editor can do for you, and why anybody with a reasonable standard of language proficiency would need to use one. Because we understand different things by the term ‘edit’ in various areas of publishing, I thought … Continue reading How an editor can bring out the best in your writing

You’re not alone – nobody loves having their writing edited

We’ve all seen the spelling and grammar police at work on social media. They take delight in pointing out your ‘mistakes’, genuine or not. No wonder we don’t really love having our writing edited. In a social media post recently, a political organisation’s press release appeared with every ‘error’ circled in red (including some things … Continue reading You’re not alone – nobody loves having their writing edited

Think your writing doesn’t need editing? Think again!

Authors often pour more than their heart and soul into a book or an article. They may put their own money into a project too, especially if they self-publish or enter a partnership publishing arrangement. That’s why it’s so frustrating to see glaring  and embarrassing typos, incorrect word use and clumsy sentence structures in published … Continue reading Think your writing doesn’t need editing? Think again!