Proofreading and Editing Tips

Whether you’re just getting started or are a seasoned proofreader or editor, there’s always something new to learn. That’s where our blogs come in. They’re packed with expert views, hints and hacks on everything from grammatical curiosities to formatting shortcuts and can’t-live-without tools.

  • How to Use Semicolons (With Examples) 

    How to Use Semicolons (With Examples) 

    Oct 24, 2022

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation

    A semicolon (;) is a punctuation mark that indicates a pause, and it typically serves two purposes: linking two closely related independent clauses and separating items in a multipart list. But how are they different from colons? And when is a semicolon a better choice than a comma? As a proofreader, you’ll need to know […]

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  • Narrative Structure: What Are the 7 Basic Plots?

    Narrative Structure: What Are the 7 Basic Plots?

    Oct 21, 2022

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Often, the aim of narrative theory is to identify common plots that are used in many stories. One of the most well-known attempts in recent years is Christopher Booker’s 2004 book The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories. In this book, Booker proposes that any story will follow one of seven different plots: Understanding […]

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Common Homophone Errors (and How to Avoid Them)

  • Narrative Structure: What Is In Medias Res?

    Oct 14, 2022

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Starting a story in medias res is a common technique that authors use. If you’re a creative writing editor, you should know how this narrative structure works. In this post, we’ll explain what in medias res means and how you can use your knowledge of this technique to assess your client’s writing. What Does In […]

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  • Titles in Academic Writing

    Oct 11, 2022

    • Academic Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Formatting
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    In academic writing, a strong title hooks the reader, reflects the tone and content of the paper, and contains keywords to increase the paper’s visibility on search engines. If you’re an editor working with academic clients, you may need to highlight issues in their titles and subtitles. Read on for some tips on how to […]

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  • The Bad Big Wolf? A Proofreader’s Guide to Adjective Order

    Oct 08, 2022

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • ESL Writing
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    If the phrases “black little dress” and “red dry wine” sound strange in your head, you have intrinsic knowledge of English adjective order. When we use multiple adjectives to modify a noun or nouns, they don’t fall into a random sequence. Rather, they follow a pattern based on their function. In fact, most native English […]

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  • Narrative Structure: A Guide to Freytag’s Pyramid

    Oct 05, 2022

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    If you’re a fiction editor, understanding narrative structure can help you assess your client’s work. One of the more common ways of conceptualizing narrative structure is Freytag’s Pyramid, which we will look at in today’s post. Read on to find out more about Freytag’s Pyramid and how to use it when editing. What is Freytag’s […]

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  • Common Fallacies (and How to Fix Them)

    Oct 01, 2022

    • Academic Editing
    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Logical fallacies are deceptive or false arguments that use faulty reasoning to shift the direction of a discussion away from the main point. Whether you’re writing a critical essay or having a heated discussion with your neighbor, being aware of logical fallacies can help you build stronger arguments and establish credibility. As an academic editor, […]

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  • Narrative Structure: The Hero's Journey

    Sep 28, 2022

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    For anyone who edits creative writing, understanding narrative structure can be extremely useful. There are many different ways of conceptualizing narrative structure, but one of the most common is known as the Hero’s Journey. In this post, we’ll explain what the Hero’s Journey is and how you can use it when editing your client’s work. […]

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  • What Is an Executive Summary? (And How to Edit One)

    What Is an Executive Summary? (And How to Edit One)

    Sep 21, 2022

    • Business Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    If you’re a proofreader or editor who specializes in business writing, you’ll need to know how to edit an executive summary. An executive summary is a short overview of a business document that outlines the basic topics covered. In today’s post, we’ll explain executive summaries in more detail before giving you some tips on how […]

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  • How to Proofread and Edit an Academic CV

    How to Proofread and Edit an Academic CV

    Sep 15, 2022

    • Academic Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    If you’ve worked with professional CVs before, you may feel prepared to proofread and edit an academic CV. But there are some important differences between professional and academic CVs that you should know about. In this blog post, we give a brief guide to the content and structure of an academic CV and set out […]

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