How I Edit Different Writing Styles

One question people often have about editing is how I deal with different writing styles. An author’s writing style can also be referred to as the author’s “voice.” If you read enough books by the same author, you might start to recognize a general flow of the writing. That is the author’s voice coming through. It’s their personal […]

The Power of an Abstract

In my day job, I edit a scholarly journal. Potential authors submit an article for consideration. I read it, and it is also anonymously reviewed by members of my editorial board. Then I write back to the author with a recommendation for or against publication, along with comments about the article and specific suggestions for […]

Grammar Tip: Capitalizing the Seasons

[source] I’ve talked about this before, but people like to capitalize everything. I do not understand this. If you capitalize every single word, then no words stand out! This defeats the purpose of capitalization in the first place. It should also be stated that I am equally as annoyed by people who refuse to capitalize anything. They […]

Would You Like Fries With That?

According to our friend CMOS, 16th edition, section 8.60: “Personal, national, or geographical names, and words derived from such names, are often lowercased when used with a nonliteral meaning.” Basically, this means that even though you think certain words should be capitalized, when they are being used in a nonliteral sense, they are lowercased. Here’s an example: […]

When to Capitalize Popular Names of Places

Today’s grammar tip is brought to you by CMOS 8.47. One thing I’ve noticed recently is that people like to capitalize words. I don’t know if this is a new thing, but it’s definitely a thing. Depending on whom you talk to, capitalization isn’t a make-or-break issue. JK Rowling, for example, capitalizes many words that […]