Friday, July 10, 2009

Editing Tips

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Good day, All,

I am working on editing my novel, Born to be Brothers, and Joyce, me editor, is teaching me humility like I've never known. In any case, one tip I'd like to pass along is how and when to use "like" vs. "as if."

Use "like" when it is followed by a noun. For example, "He looks like John."

Use "as if" when it is followed by a phrase. An example might be, "He looks as if he's nervous about something."

Not that I made those mistakes, of course! I guess Joyce simply wanted to give me that information in case I ever needed it... (You believe me, don't you?)

Good writing.


PS. Check out my blog, for another editing tip.

1 comment:

  1. I saw your other tip, the one that says Don't end a chapter with characters falling asleep, and I'm looking through my own works (as I do whenever you post a tip or advice) and I was wondering, does a section of a chapter count? (i.e. a story that has multiple characters and each chapter is broken up into 2 or 3 sections instead of one huge chapter) Make sense?