Writing Glitch #326

Today’s second glitch:


The whole race? Meaning all of ’em? Wow… *shakes head*

Alien isn’t a proper noun; it’s a common noun/adjective. Don’t capitalize it.

Also, it’s okay to say species instead of race when talking about sapient lifeforms who are, y’know, actually of different species. (When writing science fiction, maybe you want to surprise your readers and use the scientifically correct terms for some things.) Saying species DOES NOT mean you’re calling them animals, non-sapient, etc. (“I ain’t part of some species, damn you!” Um… Okay, maybe you’re not. But every other biological lifeform — even the other slime molds — are, so please respect their right to be a member of a species if they want to be.)

Otherwise… Well, I’m sort of winging this on word choice and such, because I can barely figure out what the writer was probably trying to say.

Members of an alien species come to Earth and challenge humanity to an Olympics-style competition. There will be six games, three of human invention and three invented by the aliens. The winner gets to keep Earth.

(This is what I mean when I say that, if the reader can’t even find your story under the wonky sentence structure and poor word choices, etc., it doesn’t matter if your idea is the best in the world, because the reader won’t know what you’re talking about.)

Don’t forget to capitalize the name of your (or anyone else’s) home planet!



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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One Response to Writing Glitch #326

  1. curioushart says:

    This is another writing scenario that inspires amusing mental images. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

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