Irregular plurals

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_102Sometimes forming the plural is not as easy as just adding an s. To help with those times, here is a nice infographic to guide you through the problem.

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Call for fiction manuscripts

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_163Are you a new fiction writer of high calibre and imagination? Then in June, Vintage books want to hear from you. Find out how to submit your work here.

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How to write a book review

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_152Book reviews make very good items for newsletters and blog posts.

When I was at junior school, this was the first task every Monday morning. For some reason we always had to start “The main characters in this story are…”

What we learn in school isn’t always useful, is it? Here is how to write a proper book review.

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Do you have some literary fiction ready to go?

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_58Do you have some literary fiction, ready to go & looking for a home? If you are in the UK & have not been published before, have a look at this opportunity spotted by Bridget Whelan.

But be quick, the window closes at minute to midnight on the night of Easter Monday 21 April 2014

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Are you looking for an online writing course?

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_160Do you feel your writing lacks a bit of zap? Need pointing in the right direction? Then have a look at these free online writing courses.

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Do you need to know about html?

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_158Most of us can get away without knowing much about how html works. Occasionally it is a very useful thing to know.

If you are fundamentally non techy, how do you cope?

These posts are a good starting point:

  • If you bear in mind that the beginning section is showmanship at the beginning of a presentation, this post gives some basic clues.
  • Wikipedia gives a glossary & some practical examples, once you’ve scrolled past the history.
  • Once you feel strong enough, you might want to read a post on formatting an ebook.

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How to avoid “very”

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_29“Very” can be seen as a useful word. You can slip it into all sorts of places without too much thought.

Unfortunately it is also quite a weak word. My first sentence could have been:

“Very” can be seen as a very useful word.

Now obviously that wouldn’t be a sensible way to write, because now I’ve got very twice in the same sentence, but putting that aside:

      • The statement is true. It is a very useful word, but
      • does it really tell you anything else that was missing from the first sentence?

No, it doesn’t. If you want to intensify, you need a stronger word, not an extra one.

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