Creative Writing

An archive of posts related to editing and proofreading creative writing, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Find out how to edit and proofread for authors and publishers.

  • Proofreading Tips: How to Annotate a PDF

    Proofreading Tips: How to Annotate a PDF

    Jul 22, 2021

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Proofreading Software and Tools
    • Style

    As a freelance proofreader, you may be asked to proofread a PDF at some point. And if you’re used to the tools in Microsoft Word, the process for marking up a different type of document can seem daunting. Once you get the hang of it, though, proofreading a PDF is simple. In this post, we’ll […]

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  • Editing Tips: Fact-Checking Fiction

    Editing Tips: Fact-Checking Fiction

    Jul 03, 2021

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    Fiction is all about the suspension of disbelief, and factual errors can be distracting. Thus, when editing or proofreading a novel, you might need to raise issues of factual accuracy for your client, especially when a work of fiction is set in the real world. In this post, then, we set out some tips on […]

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  • He Said, She Said: Tips for Editing Dialogue Tags

    Mar 18, 2021

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    Dialogue tags can help readers keep track of who is speaking in writing. But many authors overuse or misuse dialogue tags. As an editor or proofreader, then, it is worth keeping an eye out for issues when working on a novel or any other writing that features dialogue. In this post, we’ll look at common […]

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  • Editing Tips: Scene Breaks in Books and Manuscripts

    Feb 21, 2021

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Formatting
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    When a book is divided into sections, each chapter will typically start on a new page. But what about scene changes within a chapter? How do writers and publishers indicate a shift of perspective, time, or location? And what do you need to know about this as a proofreader? In this post, we look at […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Plagiarism and Copyright in Creative Writing

    Nov 15, 2020

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Other Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    Plagiarism in creative writing is harder to identify than, say, academic plagiarism. Despite this, proofreaders may want to look out for potential plagiarism and copyright issues in creative writing. To help you navigate these muddy waters, we’ve prepared a quick guide to the basics. What Is Plagiarism in Creative Writing? It is hard to define […]

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  • Proofreading Creative Writing

    Jul 30, 2018

    • Creative Writing
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    Truth hurts. That’s why everyday life is full of little white lies, and why most of the human race avoids telling anyone that their baby isn’t all that pretty. But proofreaders aren’t so lucky. Our career is a world of uncomfortable truths. And this is especially true when working with authors and other creative writers. […]

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  • Poetic Licence

    May 04, 2018

    • Common Errors
    • Creative Writing
    • Other Errors
    • Spelling
    • Style

    We took a little census of the people on our team, And the general consensus was things are not as they seem. Some words use a simple ‘s’ to settle spelling strains, While certain others celebrate soft ‘c’’s fancy refrains.   Moreover, you may realise that Britain’s hallowed ground Prioritises ‘s’ when words utilise a […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: How to Annotate a PDF

    Proofreading Tips: How to Annotate a PDF

    Jul 22, 2021

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Proofreading Software and Tools
    • Style

    As a freelance proofreader, you may be asked to proofread a PDF at some point. And if you’re used to the tools in Microsoft Word, the process for marking up a different type of document can seem daunting. Once you get the hang of it, though, proofreading a PDF is simple. In this post, we’ll […]

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  • Editing Tips: Fact-Checking Fiction

    Editing Tips: Fact-Checking Fiction

    Jul 03, 2021

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    Fiction is all about the suspension of disbelief, and factual errors can be distracting. Thus, when editing or proofreading a novel, you might need to raise issues of factual accuracy for your client, especially when a work of fiction is set in the real world. In this post, then, we set out some tips on […]

    Read more
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