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Of Words and Endless Possibilities

May 10, 2016

I have always been in love with words. There is something so liberating in putting thoughts into paper, of seeing whole worlds spring forth from the point of a pen or across the screen of a computer. You might seem trapped within the four corners of a page, and yet you are free, for the words have a way of spilling into your reality, of engulfing you in another universe, of showing you what is possible and making you believe in the impossible. Words have a way of making you feel, and words have a way of making you wish you couldn’t feel anything at all. Words can mend what has been broken, and words can break what has been thought as indestructible. Words remind you of th......

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Conjunctions: The Glue of the English Language

May 05, 2016

Conjunctions, as defined by Merriam-Webster (2016), are words that “join together sentences, clauses, phrases, or words.” It seems pretty simple enough, but to make it even more so, let’s use metaphors—metaphors are important, after all. So when you want to stick something together—pieces of paper or tiny wood chunks—you usually use glue. And when you want to link clauses, phrases, or words, you use conjunctions. Basically, conjunctions are the glue of the English language, albeit less sticky and messy. Well, no—we all know that’s not entirely true. Conjunctions can be messy—if used carelessly and improperly. Like prepositions, conjunctions are pretty little things, but they also......

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Proofreading: From Corrections Made Across the Page to Corrections Made on the Screen

Apr 21, 2016

Proofreading is one of the necessary steps taken before publishing a book, an article, or a document. It is an important part of the publishing process as it is when the material is reviewed for errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Proofreading methods commonly used today are significantly different from those in the past. With GutenbergŐs movable type, fifteenth-century authors were more easily able to create proofs and typeset hard copies of their manuscripts, which often had errors that had been put into the text most likely during the typing process itself. This was where a traditional proofreader came in. A proofreader was to read the text on a hard copy part by p......

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Prepositions: Where Are You In The Space And Time Continuum?

Apr 14, 2016

Prepositions are little words that show relationships among other words in a sentence or a phrase. We have established that sometimes these little words can and will cause trouble in writing, whether one is an amateur or a professional writer. We have also discussed the three most confusing prepositions in existence: at, on, and in. Now it’s time to move on to others of their kind. Aside from the confusion that arises from at, on, and in, another thing that confounds people is the use of on and of. For example, one can say, “The commander will give the ambassador a briefing on the attack at the mountain.” Another can say, “The earlier briefing of the councilors went swimmingly.”......

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Deeper into the Publishing World: BookExpo America

Apr 11, 2016

Editing services provider 1-Hour Proofreading looks forward to broadening its horizons and widening its reach even more with the thrilling prospect of attending the BookExpo America (BEA) next year. BookExpo America is the premier book and author event for the publishing industry in North America. It is a dynamic and exciting platform for discovering new books and up-and-coming authors, for expanding networks in the business, and for keeping up with industry trends and developments and where one can get the latest news on publishing straight from the sources. It is attended by everyone involved in or wishing to be involved in the publishing world, including, but not limited to, b......

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In, On, At: Are You Using Them in the Proper Place? Part 2

Apr 07, 2016

Damn, Writer. Back at it again with the prepositions. We’ve been through the basics of time and when to use which preposition to describe it. But as we all know, prepositions are not just for when; they’re also for where. And so we arrive at that question again: “Is it in, on, or at?” To get past this question, when thinking of prepositions of time, writers must decide what they want to talk about first. Prepositions of place allow writers to refer to the location of something or someone. There are three main prepositions of place—in, on, and at—the same ones used for time. However, they can be used to discuss an almost endless number of places. The preposition at is used to......

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Is Jon Snow Really Dead?

Apr 04, 2016

Night gathers, and now my watch begins. He knew nothing. He was the bastard sent to the Wall, whose expressions range from uncomfortable to extremely uncomfortable. He was incredibly naive but at the same time well-meaning. And no matter the truth about his true parentage, a Stark is a Stark, and we all love Starks, don’t we? But in this twist of George R. R. Martin’s blood-soaked pen, another one was added to the pantheon of dead Wolves. In the season finale of A Song of Ice and Fire’s HBO television adaptation, Game of Thrones, the audience were left hanging with the death of Jon Snow, the Bastard of Winterfell and the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. He was stabbe......

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In, On, At: Are You Using Them in the Proper Place?

Mar 31, 2016

Admit it. Out loud. Say it. No matter how old you are, whether you’re a working adult or an eighth grader, you know that you probably overlook this more than you let on. You mostly ignore if it’s wrong or right; they all mean the same thing anyway, right? Come on. Confess. You suck at prepositions. And it’s okay. You’re not the only one; probably the only instance where you’d be glad you’re not the only one, but hey, you have to take what you can get sometimes. Prepositions are a writer’s worst nightmare. Well, okay, maybe not the worst because that would probably be a publisher’s rejection. But they are a close second. Too close. They are the bane of a writer’s existence, esp......

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