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

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

critiquing / editing / self-editing / Uncategorized

Making Sense: 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 Making Sense: In the following cases, the writer might want to consider some changes to … Continue reading

concise writing / editing / self-editing

Awkward word order: 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 Awkward Word Order: In the following cases, the writer might want to consider changing … Continue reading

beta readers / editing / English Second Language (ESL) writers / languages / self-editing / showing vs telling / writer's and self-editor's reference library

Common Editing Issues in English-Second-Language Manuscripts

Common issues on ESL manuscripts Below is a list of issues I found when editing a series of stories by an author who speaks English quite well, but for whom English is definitely a second language, and that is reflected in her writing. I have edited for ESL writers from many language backgrounds, and these … Continue reading