Category Archive: copy editing

Aug 15

Links OTW, Aug 9–15

I had a really long waiting room stay this week, so I caught up on a reading backlog. Lucky you: there’s a lot of great here!

Writing for mobile & analyses of the mediums, why editing costs & what it is, synopsis & dialogue tips, ebook production, and who’s defending Canadian English, 10 years after CanOx laid off everyone (dictionary related)? These, the giant Spirograph I am building, and a fountain that displays messages and images, among my favourite finds from the interwebs this week.

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Aug 08

Links OTW, Aug 2–8

Close-up photo of cable linkThis week I delved into screenwriting and video game narrative. So much so that I made two separate entries for these areas. So, there’s no LOTW per say, but two large collections of stuff from the web that really grabbed me this week.

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Photo by Johann Coetzer used under CC BY-ND-2.0 license.

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Aug 06

Stop Quotation Mark Abuse with this Simple Test

photo of quotation marks signageToday, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com, I reprise and expand my advice on scare quotes.
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Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com

 

Photo by Quinn Dombrowski used under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

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Aug 04

Ten Signs of “Lifted” Text

photo of paper clipping taped to computer monitor

Ten telltales that will alert you to the need to “freshen up” some of the prose, or seek out the proper citation and permissions, or at least clean up the formatting. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

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Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

Photo by the author. Credit for “lifted” text pasted on the screen in the photo: Fare Well Farm, CSA farm share.

 

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Aug 01

Links OTW July 26–Aug 1

The Jetsons as predictors of the future; honesty that spelling and formatting matter, from a journal editor; kill your darlings, no matter how big; the history of pain; and passive voice.  — The stuff from the web that really grabbed me this week.

 

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Jul 31

Video Game Narrative

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One of the venues for the most words and storytelling today is video games. They’re prolific — in word count, in product count, in “readership.”

 

I’m trying to learn more about editing words in non-print contexts. This is my collection of resources I like best, building constantly as I embark on this independent study for professional development.

 

You might also want to keep an eye on my collection related to screenplays and scripts as well.

 

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Jul 28

How to Edit the VIP and Keep Your Job

funny close-up photo of a girl pouting, by Dan Foy used under CC BY-2.0 license

How to edit the VIP and keep your job. (Tweet this) Tips for treading lightly, today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

Photo by Dan Foy used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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Jul 23

Can you speak Canadian summer?

photo of people sitting on a flooded dock at the boat house

 

Has the humidex got you reaching for a pop, dockside at the camp? You might be Canadian. That’s right, according to Only in Canada, You Say, these are uniquely Canadian terms. Explore these and other uniquely Canadian terms for the fine summer time, so you can make wise editorial decisions for your audience; today in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

Knowing local terminology matters whether you are editing for a Canadian or international audience.

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Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com

 

Photo of my family’s dock by Dave Warrenchuk showing what happens when the enormous Lake of the Woods (Ontario, near Winnipeg) rises more than a metre above normal. Used with permission.

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Jul 21

How to Find Out What a Character Is in Word

Screen Shot of Word 11's reveal character formatting Mac

 

Need to get more than this from Word? Wondering what character that really is in your Word document? Has the writer used the proper degree symbol (°) or some hack like superscripting a lowercase o (o)? Today I present two macros to help you in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

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Thanks to the anonymous commenter who asked this question on last week’s post about finding non-printing characters. It was an excellent prompt regarding a very useful thing for us technical editors to know.

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Jul 16

6 Points for Eliminating Gender Bias in Reporting

photo of mini cardboard figurines with high-top shoes by Ben Mortimer used under CC BY-2.0 license

 

Eliminating gender bias from all word use may be a tall order, but CP16 offers the following guidance. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com

Photo by Ben Mortimer used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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