I have decided to put together a reading list of the twelve books (some are really big) I want to read or finish reading this year, and I have scheduled time for my own reading in my calendar. I have included blurbs and links so if you fancy any yourself you can find them quickly (all links are kindle UK). You might notice a bit of a theme. I don't intend to read them in any particular order (apart from the first one which is due today and I am champing at the bit to start). Oh, and you might notice a bit of a theme.
A suggestion from a fellow editor made me give editing and proofreading a go and I am glad I took him up on his advice. I love it and have since set myself up as a freelancer. This means I have the freedom to set my own hours. It has also taught me that I not only need to learn when to stop working and think about something else for a while but actually do it.
I am really out of practice with the software, so bare with me. They will get better. I have not yet bucked up the courage to actually appear in a video, but give me time and I am sure it will happen.
Write as though someone who knows the rules will be reading your work. A good editor will pick these bad habits, and they are bad habits, up and call you out on them. It might be an idea to throw a few deliberate errors into your sample edit pages just to see if they spot them. If they do not bring them up, that should be an alarm.
One of the most often quoted axioms is: "Show, don't tell."
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