Are your adverbs in the right place?

Proofreading_and_editing_blog_31One of the most common causes of a silly sentence is known as the misplaced modifier. It happens when you have 2 points to make in the same sentence, & you don’t make it clear who is doing what.

My English teacher always used this example, which she found hugely amusing:

Wearing my pink frilly party dress, the big red bus came over the hill.

That makes it sound as though the bus was wearing the dress. It would be better to write:

I was wearing my pink frilly party dress when the big red bus came over the hill.

Here is a reminder about how this relates to adverbs.

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Ever wondered about the names of punctuation marks?

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_362Here is a post about the words behind the marks.

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What Is literary fiction and why does It matter?

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_322If you have ever wondered what people mean when they talk about literary fiction, this post will enlighten you.

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Read this before you design your own book cover

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_378Authors often make terrible book cover designers. Sometimes that is because they are too close to the project, and forget that the cover needs to sell the book to strangers.

If you are thinking of designing your own cover, you might find it helpful to read this author’s experience.

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Comic Sans: What’s all the fuss about?

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Graphic Design Tutorial: Typography and Design

People with no experience of design & typography often pick a font because they like the shape of the letters. Unfortunately, there is a lot more to the design process than that, as this video explains.

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Are you an author looking for PR services?

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_301Are you thinking you need to hire a PR service to promote your books? According to this post, you would be better off using your money elsewhere.

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