When Writing Rules Conflict

June 27, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

You can write a passage of ornate prose, passive voice willy-nilly, telling without showing, and as long as the meaning is clear, it’s good writing, at least, for everyday purposes.

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Christian Publishing Standards: Part 2

June 18, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

In this blog, we’ll dig deeper into matters of formatting in Christian publishing, paying particular attention to the complicated issue of capitalization.

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Correct Use of Myself, Yourself, Itself

June 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

People seem to think it’s snooty to say, “Donna and I,” but when they grow up, they also become aware that “Me and Donna” is wrong. So, faced with the choice of “I” (snooty) and “me” (wrong), some opt for the worst choice of all: “myself.”

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URLs and DOIs in Research

June 6, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Dissertations

If you access electronic sources, whether journal articles, webpages, datasets, online videos, or others, one piece of information you’ll need will be the source’s URL or DOI. What’s the difference? And which should you include in your reference list? Let’s take a look.

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Christian Publishing Standards: Part 1

June 3, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized, Writing Guides

If you’re looking to get your Christian writing published professionally, though, it’s not enough to be an excellent writer moved by the Holy Spirit; you’ll also need to demonstrate that you can stick to professional publishing guidelines and standards.

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What Is IMRaD Format?

May 6, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized, Writing Guides

Use Caution with Idioms

April 29, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

even when used properly, figures of speech and idioms, what we might generally call “poetic language,” can be inappropriate for academic writing.

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Working from Home as an Independent Contract Proofreader: Time & Money

April 25, 2019 by admin in Working From Home

I think it’s safe to say that the majority of adults who live in Western societies hold a job with regular hours and some degree of financial security. Whether they earn a salary or an hourly wage, they go to work in the same place and receive a certain, predetermined income. Others, however, find themselves in circumstances where keeping a regular schedule is difficult, if not impossible.

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Making Recipes Look Professional

April 24, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized

We’re talking about the recipe on the page, the step-by-step instructions for making the food, which requires being specific enough to reassure cooks they’re doing the right thing without distracting them with information they don’t need in the kitchen.

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Working from Home as an Independent Contract Proofreader: Considerations and Qualifications

April 8, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Working From Home

I never intended to become an independent contract proofreader, working from a lounge chair in a tropical forest on the Pacific coast of Mexico. But I love words and water, so that’s what happened.

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Business Texting vs. Emails

April 4, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Business Proofreading and Editing

It’s a good time to talk about formal vs. informal texting and texting vs. writing emails.

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Tips for Effective Use of Quotes

April 2, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Quotes from outside sources are useful and necessary in research papers. If your paper includes a literature review in which you discuss your field’s relevant literature, you will use quotes to add clarity and precision to your summary and analysis.

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IEEE Referencing Style

March 30, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing

The Dummy Subject

March 8, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

Dummy subject can add unnecessary fluff to a sentence, thus distracting readers from the point and muddling the writer’s meaning. They're easy to avoid.

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The Modern Writing Muse

March 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Today, seeing as artists come in all manner of genders, and not many of us are Greco-Roman pagans, we can replace “female” with “Other” and “goddess” with “free agent” and see the Muse as very much alive and well in an artist’s life.

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AMA Referencing Style

February 27, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

The next style we’re looking at is another of these specialist fields: medicine. The American Medical Association (AMA) has a particular style it prefers authors to follow when writing, and pre-med and medical students, doctors in residency, and researchers may all be asked to use this.

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CSE Referencing Style

February 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

The physical sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, genetics, biological sciences, astronomy) often rely on CSE referencing, a style created and updated by the Council of Scientific Editors.

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Guide to Olde English

January 22, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction

“Olde English” is all made up, but the individual words themselves did exist in general conversation, and they do come with grammar rules.

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Commonly Misused Words

January 14, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

I encounter incorrectly used words (and made up words) all the time, and today I’ll write about some I’ve noticed popping quite a bit recently, particularly in academic writing.

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Eggcorns and Idiomatic Writing

January 3, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized

A species of unconscious wordplay, eggcorns tend to be individual quirks; some, though, have become widespread in print, and a few have even started crowding the “proper” version of the phrase out of use.

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