A WORD TRICK FOR CREATING ACTIVE SENTENCES

A WORD TRICK FOR CREATING ACTIVE SENTENCES

Using the Find and Replace function in Word can help a ton when revising and copy-editing a manuscript. It helps to ensure that you stay consistent and don’t miss correcting a frequently made error. I use it a lot to replace “.  ” (period, two spaces) to “. ” (period,...
DECODING MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS

DECODING MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS

In my continuing series about using the correct words in correct situations for line editing, today we tackle lay/lie and stationary/stationery. Lie vs. Lay During my final proof of Missing Emily: Croatian Life Letters, I had the hardest time with the words lie, lay,...
DECODING MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS

MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS SORTED

In our continuing series, here is some advice to help you keep a couple of more confusing word pairs straight while line editing. Past vs. Passed These two words sound the same, and when my writing brain is chugging along, it sometimes forgets which of these...
DECODING MORE CONFUSING WORD PAIRS

SORTING OUT ANOTHER PAIR OF WORD PAIRS

Carrying on from a previous grammar post regarding line editing, it’s time to examine a couple of additional word pairs that can get confusing. Premier vs. Premiere According to Dictionary.com, a premier as a noun is the grand pubah or head honcho of an organization....