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Proofing Your Way To Perfection

September 13th, 2019

First, thanks to Tracey for last week’s honest blog post. I found the fact that she was so analytical about her shortcomings very refreshing and I think there’s a lot to be learned from her experience.

As you probably know, in addition to writing courses we also do a Proofreading and Copy Editing Course. People often think that a proofreading course is mainly for those who want to set up in business using these skills, but we find that’s far from the only reason why students enrol with us.  Many of them are already studying one of our creative writing courses and they decide that being able to proofread professionally will help them to ensure that work they send out to publishers and editors is error free. Read the rest of this entry »




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A Trip Down Memory Lane

June 12th, 2015

free_895142-blogThanks to Margaret for last Friday’s post – the point that she makes about letting your work ‘rest’ before sending it out to publishers is a really important one.

It’s amazing how many flaws you’ll spot when you come back to it after a break. You’re seeing it with a fresh pair of eyes (and probably more objectively). It’s not just about the plot and structure of your novel/short story but also whether your characters look and behave in a consistent way. It’s about the style – picking up on problems in grammar, spelling and punctuation – and making sure that what is clear to you is clear to your reader without over-explaining anything or patronising them. Read the rest of this entry »




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Ten Top Tips for Proofreading and Editing

January 12th, 2015

First-Draft-blogOkay, here we are, just twelve days in and it feels like the new year was months ago. How are your resolutions getting on? Mine are … just about alive. I did two workouts last week, though I lapsed when it came to the chocolate. Writing came off best – I managed some time on fiction every day, writing or editing (research doesn’t count).

I’ve been working on a short story which, some of you may recall, came out of missing a competition deadline back in November. It’s called ‘The Little People,’ and I’m now at the ‘whittling’ stage – shaving out words, shifting, checking and tidying things up so that, hopefully, it’ll become a publishable manuscript.

So, as much for myself as anyone else, here’s some handy hints to spruce up your scribblings: Read the rest of this entry »




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