Where do these odd spellings come from?

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_287English spelling has some interesting quirks, reflecting the many influences on the development of the language. This post explains the background of 11 oddly spelled words.

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Reminder about Writers’ Village cash bursary

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_201The deadline is approaching for submission of unpublished, début novels to Writers’ Village? If you have a Word document ready to go, you might win a £500 bursary and a chance to be assessed by a literary agent.

If you aren’t going to be ready for the deadline of 30th September, why not aim for the next round in December?

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Why it is so hard to spot your own typos

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_339It isn’t carelessness, or lack of skill. It is just how our brains work. Read more here.

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How to create a digital file

editing_and_proofreading_blog_268Do you have a pile of printed matter, which would be more useful in an electronic version? Want to avoid retyping the whole thing?

This post explains how to create a digital file from a paper one.

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Are you losing your way with your writing?

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_345Are you discouraged about your writing?

You aren’t the first, and you won’t be the last, either.

Here are some tips to set you on the right path.

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Unusual retreats

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_280Do you long for a quiet place to work? We’ve just moved house, & I’ve got a proper office at last. At least, it will be a proper office when the rest of the house is finished. At the moment, anywhere that is habitable is crammed with stuff!

Here are some inspiring places created for thinking.

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Putting adjectives in order

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_307I’m in two minds about this post about adjectives. While it is interesting to analyse the language, some times it can get confusing. This could be one of those times where attempts to follow the “rules” might be inhibiting. What do you think?

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