So, as mentioned, I joined the society for editors and proofreaders in order to do a better job at proofreading things for clients. As such I signed up for the first course a little while ago, and have been gradually working my way through it, honing my skills as it were. All of which will no doubt come in handy when I have my own novel to edit. Until then, I work for you.
Little did I realise, that there was a lot more to proofreading than just care and attention. There are a whole mess of symbols used by professionals to mark documents, BSI standard.
It was actually quite therapeutic. However, the practice text is also guilt tripping me into going for a walk.
I guess there are worse things it could be persuading me to do…
Today I slept in. This annoys me as there was no good reason for it, but it is what it is. Today was always destined to be a study day, improving my craft at proofreading and beginning work on creative writing workshops and maybe if I could squeeze it in, some novel plan.
My body betrayed me and kept me asleep until much later than intended.
This image really sums up what today is about, and probably many other days yet to come.
Cooking a fry up when I should be on cereal, whilst reading and learning. Or, from another point of view, trying not to burn my kitchen down whilst balancing. A study guide during cooking.
No kitchens were harmed in the production of this post.
Today, I received my membership to the Society for Editors and Proofreaders in the mail, which was quite exciting. Things are moving along well, and launch around March seems perfectly reasonable and achievable.
I felt it worthy of note to blog about this membership as it is appropriate and also symbolic of why I am here. Sharp Writing exists to help create good written work. It accepts that no one is perfect, that no one can do it all themselves. It is my hope that people visit this site looking for a bit of support with their writing and it is something I can give. We all need a second pair of eyes sometimes. That being the case, it would be extremely arrogant of me to assume that I can go it alone without a second pair of eyes and still be my best. That is where the society comes in. I joined because they have a platform to promote my service, but also because it is a peer network and there are training courses. I have a good critical eye. I deliver a good critique. I am good at what I do, however, I am only human. So, I seek out the training in the firm hopes that I will be better at all of this than I was yesterday.
If you want more information on the Society of Editors & Proofreaders, you can find it HERE.
Hello everyone, my name is John, and this is my website and blog. Over the years I have had about a dozen blogs, and I have moved on from each and every one of them. I never found a niche and now, as per every year or so, I am starting a fresh one.
I quite like the story there, it is fitting. I have started many times, and moved on and then come back to blogging with new understanding and new expertise. I can’t think of a more fitting situation to be in given that I am starting out as a freelancer, novelist and writing support. I think I will let the underlying message stand for who I am. I am John. I am good at refinement. I am persistent, and skilled. And I am here to help you.
I will take any queries you have, but I likely won’t be able to take any work on until March.
I will post updates here, so folks can see my progress and I intend to post a few tips here too. I will also be sharing content from other blogs I write in, just so folks get to know who I am and what I am about.
All the best.