Editing Tip

Posted on Friday, July 18, 2008, at 10:35 am

Let’s visit the terms editing, proofreading, and formatting. Focus on editing first, checking the content for cohesiveness, clarity, paragraph structure, and overall structure. When you’re satisfied with the content, focus on proofreading, looking for consistency in formatting, margins, text styles, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Finally, focus on formatting, ensuring consistency in the document’s appearance. Within …

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Exclamation Points with Quotation Marks

Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008, at 3:59 pm

How do you punctuate if something in quotes ends in a necessary exclamation point or question mark but the sentence continues? The Chicago Manual of Style offers this example: Tichnick’s angry reply, “I do not know the man!” took us all by surprise. Note the comma after reply but no comma after the exclamation point.

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Compel vs. Impel

Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008, at 12:31 am

Both compel and impel contain the idea of using physical or other force to cause something to be done. Compel means to constrain someone in some way to yield or do what one wishes. Examples: to compel a debtor to pay Fate compels us to face danger and trouble. Impel means to provide a strong …

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Ring vs. Rang vs. Rung

Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at 4:55 am

You can tell when to use ring, rang, or rung by whether you need the present, past, or past participle (used with has or have) form. Present: ring Examples: I always ring the bell after I knock. He rings twice before entering. Past: rang Examples: I rang the bell after I knocked. He rang twice …

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Internal Dialogue: Italics or Quotes?

Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at 4:47 am

Internal dialogue is used by authors to indicate what a character is thinking. Direct internal dialogue refers to a character thinking the exact thoughts as written, often in the first person. (The first person singular is I, the first person plural is we.) Example: "I lied," Charles thought, "but maybe she will forgive me." Notice …

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