Category Archives: Writing Glitches

Writing Glitch 1071

Today’s glitch: Always capitalize the first word of a sentence! (Actually, that is an appropriate exclamation mark. 🙂 It shows how frustrated the copyeditor is that it’s ever necessary to explain such a basic rule of writing.) Change 10 to … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1070

Today’s glitch: The possessive form of victim is victim’s. It is standard to say movements instead of movement in this context. The target is a loaner? As in, either the target is someone who loans things, or the target is … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1069

Today’s glitch: Oh, one of these again, a “Psychology Says” meme, so you know it’s gonna contain nonsense as well as grammar/punctuation problems. By what mechanism is this alleged dream connection supposed to work? Could it be… psychism? ‘Cause Psychology … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1068

Today’s glitch: How it should look: He’s a lucid dreamer; he has been ever since he was a little boy. He has visited many worlds and can do anything there, but he doesn’t know that all of these places are … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1067

Today’s glitch: It is generally considered inappropriate to use exclamation marks in narration, because it comes across as hyperbole. Save ’em for dialogue or for first-person narration (which is much like internal dialogue anyway). There is no clear logical/cause-and-effect connection … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1066

Today’s glitch: …And what caused them to think about you, hmmm? *shakes head* It’s nonsense, and if “Psychology Says” it’s true, “Psychology” is even more full of shit than usual. At any rate, the correct contraction of it is needs … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch 1065

Today’s second glitch: You do realize what this actually says, don’t you? It says the muscle will explode. Pronoun antecedents matter, friends. Try this instead: “If a mosquito is biting you, flex the muscle at that location, and the mosquito … Continue reading

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