Writing Glitch #453

Today’s glitch: 

Don’t put quotations (single or otherwise) around protectors unless you mean to indicate that they’re called protectors but aren’t.

Is it the same artistic ability for every protector? If so, why not just name that ability? And if not, either change All to Each or change an artistic ability to artistic abilities.

Add a comma after them. (Yes, it matters. Leave the comma out, and you’re saying the combat skills got an artistic ability instilled, too. *shakes head*)

Change the comma after skills to a period.

Delete the before future.

Each of the protectors had an artistic ability instilled in them, as well as their combat skills. This was so they could document all events that took place, for future generations.

Apparently someone thinks it’s odd/highly unusual for a person to naturally possess both combat skills and artistic abilities. *shrug* Maybe it is. What do I know? For anyone, “normal” is whatever we’re used to/familiar with, so it does seem normal to me.




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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