Using capitals for acronym

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_304If you get confused about when to use capital letters, you may want to avoid this post about using capitals forĀ acronyms.

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Phrases you should avoid

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_324If you suffer from wordy writing, this post has a list of troublesome phrases & suggests substitutes.

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Getting round to it

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_261When I was a child, seaside souvenir shops started to sell a small china saucer called a round-to-it. The decoration explained that this was the ideal gift for the person who was always going to do that vital job when they got around to it.

I wonder how many arguments that joke caused?

There are always going to be tasks that get put off. Sometimes it is because we would prefer to do something else. Other times we want to do it, but we feel we should be doing something else first.

Establishing a regular tine for the task can be a good way of solving the problem. Here is a post about how to sort out a writing slot.

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How to find and work with a designer

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_171There is no question that a book cover is crucial. Read a little more about finding and working with a designer.

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Could parallelism help you?

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_202Sometimes, creating a pattern in the words you use helps to create a balanced sentence, enforcing your logic. This is known as parallelism. Find out more about it in this post.

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Disappearing languages

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_236A quarter of our 7,000 spoken languages are at risk of falling silent. Here is an article about the parallels between biodiversity & cultural diversity.

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The distribution of letters

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_222Ever wondered how the letters are distributed within words? Have a look at these graphs, which show letter frequency at the beginning, middle & end of words. In this analysis, letters in more frequently used words have more weight. The colour indicates the frequency of the letter.

Fascinating stuff, but I’m not sure where it gets us.

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