Author Spotlight When an author starts working with me, I almost always edit everything he or she writes for years. How many years? I don't know, because these relationships haven't ended yet.
Every Author Needs a Proofreader When you read your own writing, you don't see what's on the paper or computer screen. You see what's in your head. That's why it's so easy to find the mistakes of others but so hard to find your own.
Finding Forrester The existence of a movie - any movie - about the topic of writing is surprising enough. But for it to actually be a good movie? Wow. Plus, Sean Connery and F. Murray Abraham.
How I Became a Proofreader and an Editor In December 1999, I flew to Hong Kong for a one-month vacation. I met Jan, decided to stay, quit my job in the U.S. by email, and found myself living in Hong Kong on a tourist visa. So I started proofreading and editing for authors in the U.S. by Internet. That's the short version. Here's the long one.
The Secret World of Editing and Proofreading You know how important perfect writing is. That's your credibility on the line. Your writing is a priority. Quality editing and proofreading are a priority. But are they your highest priority?
The Star Wars Feed Just me having fun with HTML. If you're in the office, turn off the sound.
Teach Yourself Creative Writing The first sentence in Teach Yourself Creative Writing is "The only way to improve your writing is to write." That's exactly correct. These are lesson plans that worked for me, for years, with hundreds of students of various levels in both the U.S. and China. If you're a teacher, these can help you with your own lesson plans. If you're an author, you can treat it like a workbook and, precisely as the title states, teach yourself creative writing.
Tracking: The most powerful feature in Microsoft Word The editor clicks a menu option in Word to turn Tracking on. Then, every time he suggests a change, deletions are marked out with a red line and insertions are created in red. Later, a different person (the author) can review the suggested changes and Accept or Reject each one individually.
What's Cheaper Than Throwing Out Your Promotional Literature? When you write something, you don't see what you wrote. You see what you think you wrote. That's why it's so easy to spot someone else's mistakes but so hard to spot your own. The company in question probably spent thousands of dollars to print those brochures, and they're better off throwing them in the trash than distributing them. The brochures destroy the very credibility they set out to establish.