Proofreading/Editing

INTRODUCING THE NITPICKER

Editing and proofreading are topics often covered on the internet.  If you’re a fan of our blog you will see ‘The Nitpicker’ appearing on a couple of posts. I will tell you who she is if you have a mind to read on. From an early age, the English language fascinated me. Hardly surprising that writing, editing and proofreading became a passion. My journey began as a teenager in writing groups, then to the legal sector where…

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Word of the day

WHO PUT THE MORON IN OXYMORON?

Oxymoron: a word I simply adore. Also known as a paradox, the word – itself an oxymoron of Greek origin (oxus ‘sharp’ & mōros ‘foolish’) – refers to apparently contradictory, juxtaposed terms that bring out irony, satire, humour, or sarcasm. Many literary giants have used oxymora to show the gnarled, unfathomable curiosity that is the English language and many satirists or stand-ups have used them to deliver that killer punchline. Whatever the reason for their…

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Author's Tips

HOW TO WRITE A SYNOPSIS

You’ve written what you consider to be a decent novel and now comes the hard part – finding a publisher or agent, but first, you need to know how to write a synopsis! You search online for publishers/agents accepting submissions and one item they all want is a synopsis conveying your story from beginning to end in a brief, engaging fashion. This summary of your masterpiece needs to triumph. So, how do you do it? Here…

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Author's Tips

WE ALL LOVE A CLICHÉ… DON’T WE?

I am an advocate in the belief that humour is wonderful medicine. While medication and I aren’t BFFs, the best things in life are free and I am happy to swallow a healthy dollop of laughter, giggles and guffaws to ease the stresses and strains of modern life. With that in mind, I’d like to share an anecdote about the cliché, that sneaky little play on words that continues to grow and rise in popularity…

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#authorslife

AN AUTHOR’S LIFE – THE FUNNY SIDE

As an author, you occasionally need to put down your pen, close your laptop and just laugh out loud! The eternal struggle to get publishers accepting submissions When you finally find a publisher accepting unsolicited manuscripts Writer’s block? Deadline? What deadline? When the royalty cheque arrives The end of another day! Eight strenuous hours = four, answering emails, online shopping, drinking coffee and researching your next bestseller, one, writing, and three, writing the world’s greatest tweet.

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