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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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Why Writers Should Trust Editors

Mar 28, 2016

Writers are, for the most part, proud creatures. Sure, they seem to sulk more than anything, and people might imagine them as having more of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s mild-mannered temperament than of Ernest Hemingway’s argumentative one. But it must be remembered that they do pour so much effort into their works, and they treat them as their children. So, of course, they feel what parents do especially when showing off their sons and daughters to the world: pride. But pride is not equal to perfection. Elizabeth Bennet would probably even go so far as to say that pride is a flaw (though she did marry Darcy in the end—but that’s not the point), and she would be right; pride often hinde......

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The English Language: Confusing People and Muddling Meanings

Mar 24, 2016

Human language is ever evolving. What one thing means today can be different tomorrow. Language is dynamic, and this holds true especially for the most widely used one in the planet: the English language. New words are coined. Meanings are arbitrary. Rules change. Because of this, it is no surprise that through the eons, English has amassed a lot of confusing words that are often used incorrectly. English is riddled with words that seem to be close synonyms but are, in fact, not interchangeable. Some of these words are the following: Whole (having all the parts: not divided or cut into parts or pieces) and Entire (complete or full: not lacking or leaving out any part) Often use......

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A Venture of Sorts: Putting Your Hope and Investing Resources in Your Proofreaders

Mar 21, 2016

People often ask whether writing is a job or more of a calling. But can’t it be both? Writing is a profession, and writers have the rest of the world—and even worlds beyond—at the tips of their fingers. They can touch another soul, they can slay a murderous witch, and they can save a whole kingdom. And it is not always so noble and grandiose either. Writers can also urge people to get something, as in advertisements; advocate for them to support a cause, as in campaign collaterals; and provide them relevant information, as in public advisories. Given that writers more often than not have a wide range of audience, it is necessary that they get their messages across without muddl......

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15 Reasons a Writer Needs a Proofreader

Mar 17, 2016

“Yer a writer, Harry.” Harry is not so sure about that. After all, he just got back his essay from his teacher, and there are a lot of red marks on it. When people read a book, of course, the most important things to them are the story and its elements. They say, “Oh, that’s quite an awesome twist!” or maybe “The character development is remarkable!” They praise the author’s ability to string words together to paint pretty pictures and set sublime scenes. What they don’t say is “Wow, that’s a nice use of the em dash!” or “The italicization of this phrase is on point!” They don’t do that because, well, it’s not really relevant to the plot now, right? Wrong. See, when writers......

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Proofreading through the Years: From Rendered Favor to Outsourced Service

Mar 14, 2016

Proofreading, as a practice, has been around as early as the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. There was no department to handle this distinct job in publishing houses; authors just used to send their manuscripts to their peers or hang them up in public squares for corrections and commentaries. However, when the printing industry grew with Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the movable type in the first half of the 1400s, they recognized that a systematic correction and proofing process was necessary. Publishers collaborated with educated men and scholars to read the proofs for them, and “it became the glory of the learned to be correctors of the press to eminent printers” (D’Israeli, 1......

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