Writing Glitch #448

Today’s glitch:

(No, you don’t have to use this as a writing prompt. I don’t invent these things; I just correct their grammar and punctuation. 🙂 )

Don’t use a colon after a verb.

Use a conjunction before the last item in a list.

Write a scene that includes something heart-shaped, an annoying sound, and a green highlighter.

You can keep the colon before the list if you change the beginning of the sentence. Write a scene that includes these things: something heart-shaped, an annoying sound, and a green highlighter. See how it works?



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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2 Responses to Writing Glitch #448

  1. M. Oniker says:

    Ooooooh. Adds to my list of stupid things I write.


  2. You know, my first thought was: If I’d been given this writing challenge, I would have spent ten minutes trying to figure out whether they meant a green highlighter pen or something else that highlights. Then I’d plumped for the pen and got on with the challenge, but always with the nagging feeling that I might have interpreted “highlighter” wrong.


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