A new year and a new decade! Welcome, indeed, to 2020!
Redwing is geared for the new year and great projects, so do contact us for your editing and formatting needs.
Please note that January is already booked. We have scheduled edits for February through May, but there is still space available for these months. Get onto our schedule without delay!
We haven't posted much recently; apologies for that. Due to personal loss and a number of editing projects, blogging needed to take a back seat, and will continue to for the rest of the year also.
Our books are now filled until year end. The editing projects we now have will take us well into December, therefore we cannot take on new work until January 2020.
Do let us know of your requirements for the new year as soon as you can, so that we may book space for you as soon as possible.
All the best with your writing!
The Redwing Team
The next few blog posts will share common errors even seasoned writers make. Keep an eye on these!
Thank you to GrammarCheck for the infographic.
We came across this earlier, and regarding actual copy for articles and adverts we agree with most of the points on this list. All kudos to THEWRITELIFE.COM
For writers, however, we advise to be a little more flexible. For instance: you need both long and short sentences in your narrative, therefore do not automatically cut long sentences in two. We do recommend cutting the passive voice down, but there are times when it works better than active voice. Sticking to one voice will curtail you if you are telling a story from multiple viewpoints - your characters, after all, have their way about them, don't they?
The point is; this is a great guideline for short and to-the-point copy, and it is useful as well when you're writing your first draft, but rules are made to be broken, and your unique storytelling voice knows when to do so.
Download this as a guide, but listen to your instincts!
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.