Category: Writing Guides

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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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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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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The Vocative Comma Is Important, People!

December 6, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

The whole point of grammar is that the audience shouldn’t have to guess at what you’re trying to say. Missing vocative commas deeply change the meaning of their sentences,

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Italics and Quotes for Titles: A Guide

December 3, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Titles come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have rules for formatting that you master with just a little work. Italics, quotes, even plain text: they all apply in certain situations. How do you know which is which?

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Words You Use but Don’t Know

October 31, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Conversation is often more about phrases than words, to the point where we often use the phrases without thinking about the individual words at all.

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10 Quick Tips for Using Adverbs

October 1, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Adverbs are modifiers used specifically to explain, describe, and define the way actions occur. They’re very simple things, which obviously means that using them can get complicated. Following these ten tips should help.

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Italics: The Dos and Don’ts

August 14, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

I spend a lot of my editing hours at ProofreadingPal dealing with wayward italics, so let’s talk about times when they are used properly and when they aren’t.

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Quick Guide to Colons and Semicolons

August 6, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Let's talk about two marks that set off complementary information, phrases and clauses without which a sentence is incomplete: the colon and the semicolon.

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3 Steps to Good Description

July 30, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Two schools of thought have helped define the English lit attitude toward writing description since the Modern Period. To oversimplify, we can use Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald as touchstones.

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Guidelines for Quoting and Paraphrasing Part II

July 24, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

In today’s post, I’ll look at three potentially problematic issues related to quoting and paraphrasing and give tips to be successful with each.

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Guide to Commas, Dashes, and Parentheses

July 4, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

The problem with having so many choices in punctuation is that often even experienced writers aren’t sure which is appropriate in a given situation. And indeed, the choice is sometimes arbitrary. But there are some common guidelines and conventions to help you along.

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Nesting in Lists and Outlines

April 18, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Let’s focus on the pre-writing phase of your project and how list making can be a useful method for organizing your words, and with them your thoughts

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Guide to Style Guides

March 30, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Students learn that in addition to effectively applying the rules of English grammar and usage in their writing, they often must also follow conventions of a particular style guide. Style guides are primarily differentiated by their rules on documentation of sources. They also vary in terms of their formatting requirements.

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Headhopping: New Fiction Writers’ Mistakes

February 1, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

All too often, new fiction writers get excited by the different perspectives their characters have to offer and jump between them in a single scene. This is intensely disconcerting—whose head are we in now? What are they thinking? Why did we leave the other character?—and should be avoided.

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Quick Guide to Pronouns and Antecedents

January 2, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Problems with pronouns and antecedents can significantly interfere with your readers’ understanding, so make sure each pronoun’s referent is crystal clear.

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Easy Guide to That vs. Which

December 23, 2017 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

The rule for US English is actually pretty simple to state: use that when the phrase that follows is essential for the meaning of the noun (or is a dependent phrase), and use which when the phrase that follows offers additional, nonessential information about the noun (or is an independent phrase). Getting it right, however, can be complicated.

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Microsoft Word Guide: Using the Ruler for Indents

December 4, 2017 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Let’s look at how Word’s built-in ruler automates the indentation of text, along with why you should use it rather than indenting manually.

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Common Apostrophe Errors

November 30, 2017 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

While researching apostrophe use and common associated errors, I learned several interesting facts...

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Control Your Tone with Your Mood

November 2, 2017 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

When it comes to the real nuts and bolts of writing, you’ll find it easier to control your tone by paying attention to your mood. I don’t mean your personal mood, as in not writing when you’re angry or texting when you’re drunk (though that is sound advice). I’m talking about the mood we establish with our words.

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