Writing Glitch #327

Today’s glitch:


You do know what handful means as an indeterminate number, right? A small handful would be, what, three or four? I think small group works better here.

Don’t capitalize world; it’s a common (generic) noun, not a proper noun.

To improve the flow of the sentence, consider replacing to make it to a shelter with to reach a shelter.

You are one of a small group of humans to make it to a shelter meant for thousands as the world ends. Where are the noises coming from?

I realize it probably feels to the people living through it as if the world is ending, but really, it’s just the collapse of civilization/life as we know it, and the world itself will continue.

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 #327

  1. curioushart says:

    I wonder in whose hand that handful of humans fit?


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