Writing Glitch #390

Today’s glitch:

Even if the character had more than one mother, it’s safe to assume the diary belonged to only one person. Add an apostrophe before the s in mothers for the singular possessive form.

Change the comma after diary to a period.

There is never a time when the first person singular pronoun I should be lowercase. Also, the contraction for I am needs an apostrophe.

Get rid of the ellipsis; there’s no reason for that sentence to trail off.

I found my dead mother’s diary. I wasn’t going to read it, but I’m so glad I did.

If it were up to me, I’d change the second sentence to make it flow more smoothly: I wasn’t going to read it at first, but I’m so glad I did.


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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