Proofreading/Editing

INTRODUCING THE NITPICKER

WHO IS THE NITPICKER? Editing and proofreading. Two overlapping skills that complement each other beautifully, however, all too often unappreciated. If you read our blog, you will see ‘The Nitpicker’ popping up on a couple of posts. I’m sure you have thought, ‘The who?’ So, lend me your ears and I will tell, if you have a mind to read on. THE JOURNEY BEGINS From an early age, the English language fascinated me. Consequently, reading…

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Word of the day

WHO PUT THE MORON IN OXYMORON?

What is an oxymoron? Oxymoron: a word I adore. It rolls off the tongue. Makes me smile. Also known as a paradox, the word itself is an oxymoron of Greek origin (oxus ‘sharp’ & mōros ‘foolish’). Used for  apparently contradictory, juxtaposed terms, the oxymoron brings out irony, satire, humour, or sarcasm. Many literary giants have used oxymora to show the gnarled, unfathomable curiosity that is the English language. Many satirists or stand-ups have used an…

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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 are…

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Author's Tips

WE ALL LOVE A CLICHÉ … DON’T WE?

THE LOVABLE (TONGUE IN CHEEK) CLICHÉ Not a bitter pill to swallow 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. So, when under the weather, 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…

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