We often think of editors as just a tribe of grammar police. Well, that is a part of the work, but it's not all. Picture this scenario. An upscale restaurant promises to provide an exciting experience for its customers. The business assures them that the food is superb, the service excellent, and the environment relaxing. … Continue reading What does an editor do?
Two days ago, I had a brief online discussion with someone about grammar. It centred on the idea that the writer's job is to focus on content and leave the worry of grammar to the editor. I believe that assumption is misguided. As a writer or blogger, you should take grammar seriously. Grammar is not … Continue reading Why Grammar matters
Can you believe that 'Latinx' is actually a word? I was proofreading a 600-page book about the career of a world-renowned Nigerian scholar. Then I came across a phrase: 'Latinx Catholics'. My immediate instinct was to change it to 'Latino (or Latina) Catholics'. This was certainly a typographical error, I mused. After all, there is … Continue reading Check. Don’t assume
Have you heard about Hemingway? No, not the writer. I meant the app. This is an app which I have found helpful in writing clearly. And there are at least 4 ways it can help you also. 1. It detects where you use a Passive voice as against an Active voice. Passive voice results when the form of … Continue reading Hemingway Editor: A free tool to help you write clearly
Many business professionals find writing challenging. They are quite aware that their attempt to express thought and idea in ink or pixel does not quite meet up. And they are aware that they need to improve on this ability if they are to be more effective at work. I had a chat with … Continue reading How to improve your writing
The ultimate goal of communication is not just to share information but to build community. The aim is to create unity among disparate entities. When we share information, we hope to reach a mutual understanding and agreement so we can work or live together. It is thus a social function. In a world … Continue reading Communication in an uncertain age
An editor is a midwife - a midwife of ideas. Women have been given that unique position and privilege of conceiving a baby and having the precious human being gradually develop within them. While the child grows, she supplies all that is needed for growth. After a period of around nine months, the … Continue reading Who is an editor?