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

editing / punctuation / self-editing

An Editor’s Comments About Commas

Introduction to “An Editor’s Comments” series: Over the next while, I’ll be posting samples of comments that I have made to my editing and proofreading clients. Some will be on “technical” aspects, like today’s topic, “commas.” Others will be on things like style, choosing a publishing method, considering your audience, or developing a theme. My … Continue reading