Just as a bamboo shoot endures years of underground preparation before bursting into light, the copy editor needs to build a sturdy foundation of knowledge, honed by relentless practice and fueled by an insatiable love for language.
Our latest blog post attempts to clarify some common confusions that a copyeditor may encounter while applying a few stylesheet requirements. We use the term “peeves” to refer to these requirements as a copyeditor may face editorial dilemmas in adhering to such requirements. Please read the blog post for further details and do let us know your thoughts.
Your favourite crossword section is back! Here is a crossword on UK and US variants of English. The level is basic. Enjoy solving this puzzle as we work on creating more.
Slow and steady changes are not recognized but can result in a compromise in the core skills
Feedback in the workplace is an essential component. The openness of a disciple and the grace of a guru will make this process an excellent experience.
Feedback hurts, brings the morale down, and even humiliates. But feedback is a mechanism that will put us on the right path and help us bring out the best in each of us.
Rules might change, myths might vanish, and only the minds which are open to learning will survive.
Author Stephen King’s uncle had insisted on carrying a large and heavy tool box yet the only tool that was needed to fix the problem was a screwdriver. Can you guess why? Read on!
Punctuation can get tricky especially when it comes to deciphering what the author intends to say and what strokes or dots need to be used to enhance the structure and meaning of a sentence. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss, we discover how even the slightest of punctuation slipups can turn fatal!
Not many would link editing and psychology. Of course, it is nearly impossible to evaluate the psychology of editors since the person sitting behind every keyboard or holding red pen can be very diverse. So, contrary to the general opinion, putting editors in a box labeled ‘nerd’ may be difficult.
Without the external stimuli – which is nothing but continuous learning – the potential editor only remains that way – a potential editor, not realizing their great editing skills.
Not every editor is gifted with the most important learning in his first ever project. Here I am, the gifted.
Now, we are at the end of a series of posts. A quick recap: in my last post, The making of a copy editor – II, I discussed a good understanding of English grammar and the flair for reading as two of the four traits of a copy editor. While the two are self-explanatory,...
Hello there. Hope you had a cup of strong coffee, thinking over what would be the four traits of a copy editor. Or if you missed my previous post, Making of a copy editor - I, you may go back to the post, read it and come back here. You would lose nothing if you go...
When our professor stopped his class to read out a circular about a campus selection programme, I didn’t realize that it was going to change the contours of my life. There were two reasons for my friends and me to choose to attend the written test: we wanted...
Recently I received a WhatsApp message, a picture message with Vivekananda, the great saint in his arms-crossed pose. Unusually, this time it was about English grammar. I was rather surprised. Many of his quotations are on meditation, Hinduism, devotion, and the...
Glad to meet you again. I would like to take you to Carol Fisher Saller's copyediting quiz. That is a small list of nine sentences. Try them out and see for yourself your copyediting skills. In her next post, First Do No Harm, she discussed the answers, too. But wait....