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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

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Word Choice Issues: 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 word choice issues: In the following cases, the writer might want to consider a different word or … 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

children's books / publishing / querying agents and publishers

An Editor’s Suggestions on Publishing Decisions for a Children’s Book

This is part 12 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. I hope you’ll find these thoughts helpful! If you want to … Continue reading