Author Archives: The Proof Angel

About The Proof Angel

I am a freelance editor and proofreader. I work with a wide range of clients, from companies to self publishing authors. I can help you to communicate clearly in print or on line by providing a fresh pair of eyes, carrying out a final check, or by suggesting ideas to improve the flow of your message.

The last three letters of the alphabet

The development of the alphabet is quite an interesting field of study. I started on a series of blog posts on the subject, and one day I hope to find the notes, which I don’t think I’ve seen since before … Continue reading

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Word histories

Some word history this week: Exception that proves the rule Bespoke Jungle Hazy Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Writing opportunities in May and June

This week the emphasis is on opportunities for writers. Some of these competitions are quite specific, and will need some work to refine an entry. Others will just be right for that piece that only needs a final polish. Why … Continue reading

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The Oxford comma

Some people get very worked up about the Oxford comma. Some people make a statement about it in their house style guide. Outside publishing, many people aren’t sure what it is. Find out more about the ambiguous Oxford comma. I think … Continue reading

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A change of policy

If you have read about blogging, you will know that most people say that it is important to post regularly on your blog. I have been writing this blog for several years now, and in that time my method has … Continue reading

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Why do we get stir crazy?

Find out some background to this old expression here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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What exactly is a short story?

If you are new to writing shorter fiction, you may find it difficult to define your work. Is it a short story? Is it a novella? This post has a handy table to guide you through the process of identifying … Continue reading

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