editing / emphasis / punctuation / self-editing / showing vs telling

Exclamation Marks, Thoughts in Italics, and Other Unusual Approaches

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions. “Hmmm!” said Sam, “That looks like a turtle!” –> Be very careful about using exclamation marks. Even in a … Continue reading

audience / editing activities / self-editing

Foreign Terms, Slang, Dialect and More: Examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions.   “The resort was way out in the wap waps.” –> You may want to make an explanation, or … Continue reading

audience / casual or formal language / editing / self-editing

Formal or Casual Language: Examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions. “Water has become the most precious commodity throughout the state!” [Frustrated police chief ranting…] –> This sounds way too … Continue reading

editing / self-editing / showing vs telling

Show vs Tell: Examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions. “ ‘Don’t worry too much about it, life has a way of sorting things out,’ Sarah said, trying to … Continue reading

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Snapshots of My Writing, Editing and Tutoring Activities

Recently I was asked for some photos of my writing, editing, tutoring and other literacy-related activities. I have lots of pictures from such activities, but since I am usually the person behind the camera (being the communications person for many of these events), there are only a few photos of myself among them. Still, here … Continue reading

editing / self-editing / timing

Problems with Timing: Examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions.   “In two months, Joe and I are travelling to Australia to see our family.” –> Do you mean, … Continue reading

concise writing / editing / self-editing

Problems with Repetition: Examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions. Examples of Issues with Repetition: In the following cases, the writer might want to consider some changes to avoid … Continue reading

editing / self-editing

Problems with Flow and Awkward Phrasing: Examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions. Examples of Issues with Flow and Awkward Phrasing: In the following cases, the writer might want to consider some … Continue reading