Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writing

Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writing

Bruce Kaplan

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 0942679369

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

An earlier version of Editing Made Easy, published in Bruce Kaplan's native Australia, has become a best-selling resource for writers in much or the English-speaking world. Because of the different spellings and conventions of American English, it has been unavailable here--until now. The new book is thoroughly revised, updated, expanded, and Americanized. It maintains the attractions of the original--friendly, easy-to-understand rules for improved writing. It's a quick read, and an easy reference for anybody who wants to communicate clearly with American English. The book is non-technical in its approach. It doesn't cover grammatical terms such as present perfect progressive or correlative conjunctions. It boils grammar and style into a few simple rules that will serve you well whether you are a journalist, a student, a novelist, a business executive, a blogger, or anybody else who would like to make effective use of written language.  

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remember: for nouns ending in ey (monkey), simply add an s (monkeys). For nouns ending in y (folly), change the y to i and add es (follies). under a spell a handy guide to difficult words Writers regularly spell certain common words wrongly. Even editors sometimes miss errors in such words as: oops the misplaced phrase A phrase or clause in the wrong place can make nonsense of a sentence. Consider this: For the sixth time this year, a pedestrian has been injured on South Road.

or give the wrong meaning. now, see here look out for this common error Most common nouns cannot see anything—yet some writers insist that these nouns have developed eyes. For example: February saw a change in the government’s tactics. February cannot see anything. February does not have eyes. What the writer means is: The government changed tactics in February. Or: In February, the government changed tactics. Another example: Next year will see the start of work on the new

Always write/edit so that nothing can be misunderstood. 4. Say what you mean, clearly and simply. 5. Use short sentences. 6. Use short paragraphs. 7. Use the simplest words possible. 8. Write in the active voice. 9. Avoid unnecessary words. 10. Use verbs for action. 11. Avoid clichés and jargon. 12. If in doubt, leave it out. ruthless people what makes a good editor? So, what is the secret to good copy editing? Well, no item escapes the eye of the skilled editor. She or he will

America 12 / 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 about the author Bruce Kaplan is a newspaper copy editor and editorial trainer with international experience spanning more than 40 years. He has held senior positions with major publications in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. He trains editors and writers for newspapers and magazines, and tutors at writers’ centers and tertiary education institutions. He may be reached at editeasy@hotmail.com. praise for international editions of this book

$1 million to build a swimming center with special facilities for the disabled. The center will have a main pool, a lap pool and massage facilities. Or consider this: American households now save only eight cents of every dollar they earn after tax, a fraction of the rate at which their parents saved a generation ago, and raising concerns about the country’s economic future. Again, the writer is trying to express too many ideas in one sentence. A professional editor might rewrite it like this:

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