Writing Glitch #339

Today’s glitch:

*several brigands leap out*


Just kidding. My clone was reading the Dungeons & Dragons game run by SUE the T-Rex on Twitter, and leaping brigands seem to be a recurring theme.


Spell out numbers: eighteenth, not 18th.

Not every end-of-paragraph sentence needs to — or should — end with an ellipsis. Although it’s probably used here because the example originated as a writing prompt someone posted on Pinterest, I sometimes worry that seeing such endings all the time will lead newbie writers to think that end-of-paragraph sentences are supposed to trail off, regardless of what’s actually being said.

At least it’s a real ellipsis, though.

Your father taught you a strange language when you were young. On your eighteenth birthday, you find out why.


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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