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Science Fiction and the English Language

July 27, 2022 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized

But being the nerd I am, I've been thinking about the influence science fiction in general has had on the English language. In today’s post, I thought I’d share some of that thinking.


Wordle Tips and Tricks

February 4, 2022 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized

Of course, one day the craze will calm down, but for now, if you’d like a little help amazing your friends with your mad word-nerd skillz, here are some tips and tricks.


Quick Guide to Using Unicode Keystrokes for Diacritics

November 13, 2021 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized

The curators of the standard have assigned keystroke shortcuts the diacritics, punctuation marks, and symbols most commonly used in English, allowing users to render them onscreen and in print while typing and without opening a separate application or subroutine.


Guide to Writing Believable Magic: Limitations

October 19, 2021 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized

For this first post in the series, we’ll start with the most important aspect of good fictional magic I can think of: establishing its limitations.


Tips to Insert Objects into Word Documents (and Keep Your Sanity)

July 2, 2021 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized

In Word, there are lots of little options and properties that dictate—and may unpredictably change—the positioning of an object. Understanding those, which I will discuss in this post, puts you in a much better place to avoid the rabbit hole of object placement issues.


AP Style Quick Guide

October 31, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized, Writing Guides

In today’s post I’ll discuss some AP basics and differences from other style guides you’ll need to know to use this style effectively.


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.


What Is IMRaD Format?

May 6, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized, Writing Guides

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.


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.


Vancouver Referencing Style

December 29, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized

Vancouver referencing, is a numeric system and the preferred style for most biomedical journals, so it applies to topics in medicine, biology, microbiology, neuroscience, and a whole range of other subjects.


Collaborative Editing, Part 2: Google Docs

October 27, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized

Google Docs (GDocs) is a free software application from Google. If you have a Gmail account, you have access to Docs. Just click on the “Drive” icon in the upper-right menu of your account or go straight to docs.google.com.


Cheat Sheet for In-Text Citations by Style

February 27, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized

In today’s post, I’ll explore the intersection of punctuation and in-text citations and the troubles that can arise.


MS Word Formatting Errors

May 26, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools, Uncategorized

When it comes to the controlling the flow of text across lines and pages, many MS Word users treat this sophisticated, responsive software as if it were an old IBM Selectric. Here are some of the formatting errors we see multiple times a week, errors that can actually keep Word from functioning properly.


How to Set Up a Writing Business

March 28, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing, Uncategorized

Thankfully, setting up a writing business really isn’t difficult. There are a few steps that need to be done carefully and some details to pay attention to, but once you get the structure in place and get used to a few routines, you’ll be in good shape.


How Book Writers Get Paid — Part 2

April 16, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized

Navigating the complexities of the publishing business can be bewildering, but, with a little attention and a few explanations, you’ll be able to manage the business side of your writing career just as confidently as you approach the craft of writing itself.


Using Microsoft Word Track Changes

April 1, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized

With Track Changes turned on, all edits are recorded and can be displayed in various ways. The problem is that this can lead to a bit of a mess, with little bubbles and different colors and lines everywhere. Fortunately, the Track Changes function can be customized to show you only the information you want, regardless of what settings the editor has used.


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