The power of punctuation

By Virginia Parker Staat

 “Making love to me is amazing. Wait, I meant: making love, to me, is amazing. The absence of two little commas nearly transformed me into a sex god.”

~ Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

If improper punctuation rankles you to the point that you grab the nearest red-tipped pen and fear using it to go vigilante, join the club. When confronted with ill-used or absent punctuation, too easily I find myself in a rant, explaining that a keyboard has more than 26 letters on it and that the punctuation keys are for more than merely decoration… but I digress. Continue reading The power of punctuation

Proofreading tips

by Virginia Staat

“I do my best proofreading after I hit SEND.”  –Author Unknown

Your manuscript is completed.  Done.  Finito.  One task remains, however, before launching it on its journey to publication:  proofreading.  As author Maggie Murphy said in ByLine, “Careful proofreading isn’t going the extra mile for editors; it’s part of your job as a writer.” Continue reading Proofreading tips