… I tried to express my gut reactions to the Boston explosions

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

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… I wanted to share

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