Writing Glitch #203

Today’s first glitch:


“I came here to ask for help, not for your heart. Unless you want me to literally rip it out of your chest — your choice, of course.”

The em-dash could be replaced with a period; it’s not “correct,” but real people often speak in incomplete sentences, which is fine as long as the fragments make sense: “I came here to ask for help, not for your heart. Unless you want me to literally rip it out of your chest. Your choice, of course.”

About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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2 Responses to Writing Glitch #203

  1. Thanks for sharing. I always appreciate your posts; it helps me check my precision and accuracy. By the way, precision and accuracy are listed among the Key Cognitive Strategies for academic success in David T. Conley’s book “College and Career Ready.”


    • My college days are LONG past (and my clone is “all but thesis” with his master’s degree in anthropology, so he’s got that “academic success” thing down, too), and freelance editing IS my career — has been for years now, since I’m physically disabled and couldn’t work a regular job with fixed hours if I wanted to (which I don’t).


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