I’m Annie, a freelance writer and editor based on the Gold Coast, Australia. Below you’ll find blog posts as well as tips on writing style, editing and proofreading.
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From the blog
- Abbreviations, acronyms and initialisms
- Agreement: singular, plural and gender
- Ampersand (&), ellipsis (…), en and em dash & the solidus (/)
- Articles (the, a, an)
- Capitals and lower case
- Clichés and jargon
- Colons and semi-colons
- Conjunctions: Use of ‘although’ and ‘however’
- Editor’s Lament
- Effect and affect; Enquire and inquire
- Email etiquette
- Fat-free writing (more on plain English)
- Loose vs. lose
- Numbers, measurement and currencies
- Plain English and short sentences (less is more)
- Pronouns: ‘I’ and ‘me’
- Question Marks
- Quotes and quotation marks
- Quotes and quotation marks Part Two
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When I’m not spending time with my people (including the cat), I love writing, learning (all kinds of things!), creating & crafting, teaching yoga and fitness classes, and producing YouTube videos.
And, of course, reading…
‘All living languages exist in a state of tension between growth and decay. Languages change because playfulness and the desire to impress are universal human traits; they grow in response to technological innovation, cultural contact and social developments. Working against these impulses to the new are the forces of stability: inertia, the fear of being misunderstood, and the fixative effect of writing.’
‘Spelling is not important in itself, but it is a social marker enabling those who can spell to look down on those who can’t.
‘Remember that literacy is an accident of birth and does not confer superior wisdom or virtue.’
– The Editor’s Companion by Janet Mackenzie.