Writing Glitch #371

Today’s glitch:


Spell out numbers instead of using numerals (because this is fiction, not journalism, so the rules of the Associated Press Stylebook don’t apply here): four hundred, not 400.

Hyphenate all of four-hundred-year-old (compound adjective).

Change the comma after line to a period and capitalize She after it.

She is a four-hundred-year-old demon born to a dying line. She disguises herself as an ordinary citizen, living in the suburbs and tending to a huge collection of pot plants.

Just FYI: Once or twice, I’ve seen someone confuse pot plant with potted plant. There’s a difference! I left the original spelling intact because it amuses me that passing as an ordinary citizen would include growing a lot of a certain herb… 🙂

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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3 Responses to Writing Glitch #371

  1. nicholeqw1023 says:

    I’ll be right back. I have to go change something quick. 😉 in all seriousness this is good to know. I’ve been following the AP style.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. J.R. Handley says:

    Because, you know, it’s a chill she-demon!!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. curioushart says:

    Welcome to Colorado!


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