Test your proofreading skills with Mistake Monday

MISTAKE MONDAY for May 27: Can YOU spot what’s wrong?

Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment.           I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading.

Must you be inspired to write?

Must you be inspired to write?

Inspiration may make a difference in your writing. In The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and The Creative Brain, Alice W. Flaherty says:              Although most psychologists and writing teachers distrust the Romantic notion of an inspiration that is separate from skill or hard work, and doubt […]

Test your proofreading skills with Mistake Monday

MISTAKE MONDAY for May 20: Can YOU spot what’s wrong?

Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. I think if you read this text out loud, you’ll hear the problem.   I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading.

Limit your use of the progressive tense

Limit your use of the progressive tense

I’m not a fan of adding -ing to verbs, as I’ve said in “The ‘Be” test for writers.” However, I couldn’t tell you why it was wrong until I read Cut It Out: 10 Simple Steps for Tight Writing and Better Sentences by Laura Swart. Using the progressive tense Here’s how Swart explains the use […]

Test your proofreading skills with Mistake Monday

MISTAKE MONDAY for May 13: Can YOU spot what’s wrong?

Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. What happened to proofreading at The Wall Street Journal?                                                 I post these challenges to raise […]