The words “principal” and “principle” are commonly confused in many manuscripts that we copyedit, and it is not hard to see why. The pronunciation of these two words is identical. In grammar-speak, they belong to the class of words known as homophones, which are words… Read More »Commonly confused: Principal or principle?
A major problem that I often face when copyediting manuscripts is that writers often write without the reader in mind. Sounds really strange, isn’t it? After all, if you write something, you want people to read it! Otherwise, why spend time writing? While most writers… Read More »Write for your reader, not yourself
Anyone can write, right? Yes, anyone who isn’t illiterate can write, but not everyone is is literate writes well. Many people can cook too, but cooking abilities vary widely. Gordon Ramsay explains the differences in cooking ability using very colorful language on his TV shows.… Read More »Why pay for professional editing