Category: Editing Evangelism

Orwell’s six rules for writing

In my last post, I mentioned George Orwell’s six rules for effective writing, taken from “Politics and the English Language”. If you’re not familiar with them, I’ve listed them below. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech

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A series of ups and downs

When you write, it’s easy for extra words to sneak into the text, words that, on reflection, aren’t needed. Two of those words are up and down. Think about it: how many times do you use them and they don’t

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A not-so-iron will

Were you ever given a piece of writing advice that stuck in your head? And I don’t mean just went into your brain and settled amongst all the other pieces but actually stuck in your head, front of mind, and

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All about acronyms

If someone asked you to give them an acronym, what would you say? CIA? FBI? ABC? TV? CPI? And if the person you were talking to was a stickler for accuracy, then they’d say you were wrong. You see, acronyms

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Why edit?

I’ve thought a bit lately about why we edit and proofread. For me it comes back to why we write. Humans are a funny breed. We’re desperate for people to take notice of us, to understand our point of view,

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Language barriers

English is a highly adaptable language. It can absorb nearly anything that’s thrown at it, and conform to whatever is required of it. It’s also a major export and English is spoken in some level of competency by one out

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Consistency is king

One of the common questions an editor is asked is, “Which is the “right” way to do things?” In many instances there is a “right” way to do things, for example, spelling or where to put an apostrophe, but there

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What do you call a gathering of editors?

I attended the 6th IPEd National Editors Conference in Fremantle, Western Australia last week. Two-hundred-and-twenty editors from across the country came together to share in their love of language – and cry over the decline in its standards. Though as

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War on wordiness

Often your writing will need more than spelling and grammar checking. It will need to be edited. Editing interrogates a piece’s structure, and makes good writing exceptional. Perhaps this is a bit of a grand portrayal of what editing does, but

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