The Overly Adverb’d Author / Memorable Fancies #511

Jeff Mason’s novel was accepted for publication, subject to the usual copy-editing process. After the first edit, Jeff noticed that an editor had removed all his adverbs. He complained, but to no avail: he was told that adverbs were clogging his writing, and that they had to go or Jeff would have to find another publisher. Muttering, he repaired the damage as best he could and sent the revised version back. A week later, Jeff received a new post-edit version. He noticed that an editor had, … [Read more...]

When Copy Editors Go Bad

Verbatim, from the person performing a stage-two copy edit on the MS of my first published novel, with my comments at "TK: " [1] “There should never, ever be semi colon’s in dialog, please take them all out, use regular commas or make separate sentences. Thank you.” TK: The errors here are minor, but when they’re being made by a copy editor, you begin to wonder.  First, putting a blank space between “semi” and “colon” should never, ever be done. Normally, “semicolon” is one word. At most, … [Read more...]

How to Punctuate Dialog in Fiction

How to Punctuate Dialog in Fiction by Terence Kuch You may also be interested in my recent post Point of View: Elements and Choices, a presentation in PowerPoint with detailed commentary in Word. The easiest way to find this is to Google "Point of View" "Elements and Choices" [do not include the colon] - the post should appear as the #1 hit. Or see, my writer's profile, or go to ===============================  [“…punctuation … [Read more...]