This week I've been tweeting out punctuation omissions and it's true: correct punctuation really can save lives. Indeed, without it, we risk cannibalism and murder. 1. Brian wasn't convinced the sign offered his walking party all that much protection should they be caught in the cross-hairs of a rifle: HUNTERS PLEASE BE CAREFUL SHOOTING RAMBLERS... Continue Reading →
Editing and Learning the Hard Way: Homophones
For a bit of light relief, @BenjamHope, I've been tweeting a different homophone faux pas every day this week. All taken from otherwise beautiful and profound prose, of course... After all this time, he had finally found a woman on his wave length and intellectual footing. Not only was he thirty-five; she was two.... Continue Reading →
Cliché in Fiction: Avoid Like the Plague or Better the Devil You Know?
I don’t mean to rock the boat or put a bee in your bonnet but I think there may be space for a cliché or two in one’s narrative. This may come as a bolt from the blue for some readers but I would ask you not to jump to conclusions like a bull in... Continue Reading →
A Critical Eye
Objectivity. It’s not really possible when it comes to your own work. You’re just too in it. Of course, you can develop editorial skills and nurture the ability to identify what works and what doesn’t. But that only takes you so far. For those working with a view to self-publishing then, who does one turn... Continue Reading →