This is pretty much a verbatim post of some thoughts I’ve been trying to work through in the last hour or so following the explosions in Boston, edited a little for grammar and sense. Please excuse me if it’s rough around the edges, but it seems important to keep that quality given the subject. Continue reading
Tips for editing and proofing
When I started to type this post I intended to use a paragraph from the first draft as a working example. Not surprisingly this led to a particularly paranoid approach to the first draft and what I ended up with wasn’t all that useful for a demonstration. I hope the tips speak for themselves, but if you would like any clarification or examples please ask.
I feel I should clarify that I don’t have any special writing qualifications or experience that sets me apart from others (if you’re a potential employer, ignore that, I’ll think of some!). But I do tend to get good feedback on my writing so I must be doing something right. Writing is one of my favourite parts of the academic process and I have a methodical approach to it that I would fall to pieces without. I would like to share some of the more definable parts of that process with you, so here are my top 5 (in no particular order) tips for editing and proofing. Continue reading