“Whatever your discipline, become a student of excellence in all things. Take every opportunity to observe people who manifest the qualities of mastery. These models of excellence will inspire you and guide you toward the fulfillment of your highest potential.” Tony Buzan and Michael Gelb, authors
You can only make the manuscript the best that it can be, not reinvent it.
Just found a great post titled “Tip of the week: Defining an editing project” on the Copyediting.com web page. To say that this was my favorite quote ever about editing this year, would not be an overstatement! ❤
The adamant insistence that ‘literally’ can have but a single meaning suggests a Platonic view of language, that words have essences, given meanings that are somehow corrupted when they alter in usage.… There are many varieties of English and many contexts and occasions for their use. If I were writing a technical or scientific paper, I wouldn’t dream of using the figurative literally. It would be out of place. It could conceivably lead to confusion. But if in conversation someone says, “I literally hit the ceiling when they sprang a story on me that wasn’t on the budget,” I understand that literally is hyperbolic, not factual.
One of my favorite quotes this week, from a post titled “English can be so two-faced,” on the Editors’ Association of Canada blog.
“There is a great deal that either has to be given up or be taken away from you if you are going to succeed in writing a body of work.”