Redwing had a competition up this weekend about the one word you always get wrong:
These words landed up in the comments:
What is your darn word?
Congrats to Jeff Blackmer!
Two days ago I searched online for a short story to re-post on another blog (one that has nothing to do with editing!) and found something suitable. To be fair to the original blogger, I inserted the link to the original.
And here's where my dilemma started.
I was re-posting, therefore it wasn't my task to fix errors in the narrative, but oh, how I wanted to! Apostrophes missing, incorrect punctuation, some odd spelling, and more. Yes, I bit my proverbial tongue and let it ride on into online land as is, and yet it was with a sigh that I pressed 'publish'.
We are not Grammar Nazis here - we believe in an author's voice rather than terribly correct versions of everything - but this once I understood exactly what that term implied ...
Lol, from Elaina at Redwing!
Redwing Productions ran a competition this weekend past on our Facebook page.
Congrats to our winner, who will receive an edit and format to the value of 85 Euro!
These are words we know, but when you're typing your fingers don't always listen, or your autocorrect chooses incorrectly. Therefore, when proofreading your work, check in the little things.
We have read books, all of us, where exclamation points pepper the narrative, and, yes, it is distracting. It is also unnecessary. When you structure a sentence correctly, the emotion in it will tell the story and thus is ! and ! entirely over the top.
Still, they do have a place. Do not completely rule a good ! out!
"We're all going to die," she screamed.
"We're all going to die!" she screamed.
Imagine, if you will, a scene wherein a plane is hurtling to a fiery death. Everyone is screaming in some fashion, but no one is coherent; it's just random words amid the sounds of utter panic. And then this woman screams out the fate of everyone on board.
In this instance the exclamation point is, well, on point. Without it her statement doesn't have the same impact, obvious as her statement may be. The point is to use the exclamation point sparingly, to be judicious. Every time you want to tap that key, pause, think about it, and then tap that key or lift your finger.
Redwing's landing page states 'For Indie Authors' and we hold by that, for our clients are, for the most part, part of the indie community and we celebrate each and every one. However, fyi, our editing services stretch far further than that, and includes working with professional concerns, as well as students and job seekers.
We have edited artistic presentations, proofread assignments and created a fair few resumes and cover letters. You won't find the latter in our Gallery, of course, being private.
Therefore, whether you're an indie author or a student, professional (you may be a chef and need your menu proofread!) or seeking to start a business and require help with forms, website copy and so forth, we can help you.
Do make contact!
So we took the plunge and created a Facebook Page! Until now Redwing has been more about word of mouth and the occasional link dropped on twitter than about actively promoting our services. Our new page is a step towards new potential.
Do pop on over and give us a LIKE!
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You will have noticed the image above somewhere on this site. When coming across this for the first time a fair while ago, two of us snorted with laughter. Yeah, it's clever and funny, but know this also: sometimes a story needs to be longer. We don't merely shorten stories; we suggest edits to lengthen as well, especially where characters need fleshing out. Occasionally the action flies by too swiftly and the reader is left wondering what happened. When this happens to us (we are readers too, after all!), we advocate more detail.