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The Difference Between Copyediting and Proofreading

Beginning Writer's Answer Book

What's the difference between copyediting and proofreading?
A copyeditor deals with the manuscript before it is typeset. She makes sure the manuscript makes sense and reads well. Name and facts are verified, which may require that a copyeditor have some background in the subject the editing assignment covers. She looks for consistency in style, spelling, abbreviations, and numbers, making sure they comply with the publishing house standards.

A proofreader usually compares typset page proofs with the original manuscript to make sure that nothing is omitted, added, or changed. She also makes sure that the typesetter has followed specifications for typeface, style, and margins. The proofreader must be on the lookout for mistakes in the original manuscript as well.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Break

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Break

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, your character receives an unexpected break or benefit.

The Joys and Challenges of Writing About Food

The Joys and Challenges of Writing About Food

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2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

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November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

For the 2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a response poem.

NaNoWriMo: Almost to the Finish Line

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Writing fatigue can hit like a bowling ball from the sky when you’re at the end of a writing challenge. Let these quotes from NaNoWriMo Pep Talks give you a boost of inspiration.

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Misplaced Jealousy

Misplaced Jealousy

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your story's conflict stems from misplaced jealousy.