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Writing Glitch 871

Today’s glitch: This is just… wrong, in sooooo many ways. Sorry, but I gotta address the Bad Science before saying anything about the copyediting. As far as nurture influences a child’s intelligence, and as far as the mother is the … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #862

Today’s first glitch: Do not capitalize common nouns. (There was a time when children were taught this simple rule in early elementary school. Seriously, what’s going on here?) Don’t capitalize adjectives derived from common nouns, either. Delete the comma after … Continue reading

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A unicorn is not a gryphon, and precognition is not empathy.

At its core, this post is about the importance of fiction writers using correct/accurate terms for things in their stories, even things that everyone knows are imaginary/not real. Several days ago on a Facebook group, there was a discussion about … Continue reading

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How the Dunning-Kruger effect affects an individual’s understanding of the Dunning-Kruger effect

I see some variant of this all the frakkin’ time online: “If you think your smart.. YOUR NOT!!!! Cos the Dunning Kruger effect says people who are stupid think they’re smart. So it proves your stupid if you think your … Continue reading

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…more popular than “populace”…

(Alternative title: “Sometimes, he has many, many complaints about a novel and some concerns about reviewing it.”) Remember when, several weeks ago, I shared a short poem by Robert Frost, along with an explanation of the difference between populous and … Continue reading

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Copyediting nightmares can happen to trad-published authors, too.

‘I don’t have to edit my manuscript or hire a copyeditor, the publisher will have someone do that for me.’ I hear (read) this a lot. First of all, friends, you may have noticed that traditional publishers (the smaller presses … Continue reading

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How the WRONG Copyeditor Can Make a Mess of Your Manuscript: part 2

Back for more, are you? Is it horrified fascination that brings you here, or are you hoping to learn a bit about what can go very, very badly if an author chooses the wrong (not competent, not familiar with the … Continue reading

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