Monday, November 23, 2015

A Step in the Write Direction--November 23, 2015--Editing Hints and Using Sidebars

A Step in the Write Direction
November 23, 2015

Update: Installed our new pastor and wife yesterday. I really like them and am looking forward to good days ahead for our church….Have a decision to make on my little doggie I got from the pound. X-rays showed “hip dysplasia” and the vet said a surgery would cost between $7-8,000 (which isn’t in my budget!). However, a friend shared that she took her dog to a “dog chiropractor.” He gave him 3 massages at $50 each, then showed her how to do it and her dog is better. So I have a name to contact in this area. Praying that it works as I don’t want to take him back to the pound….Getting ready today for a colonoscopy tomorrow. I have one every five years as my mother and dad both died of cancer of the colon….HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF YOU!! The hospital where our two children work put on a big spread for visitors, staff, and families of staff so will probably go there for dinner. MY THANKS TODAY is that our daughter and family are moving back here from Texas on December 6th. Praying that our pastor son-in-law can find a church in the area.

Thought for the Day: Don’t expect to make a lot of money at your writing. The difference between a writer and a park bench is that a park bench will support a family of three (Reg A. Forder, publisher, The Christian Communicator, October 2015, p. 9).

Song for the Day:
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!
            ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus,” Louisa M.R. Stead (italics added)

Laugh for the Day:
Fresh out of business school, a young man answered a want ad for an accountant and was interviewed by a businessman who ran a small business that he had started himself. "I need someone with an accounting degree," the businessman said. "But mainly, I'm looking for someone to do my worrying for me. I worry about a lot of things," he said, "but I don't want to have to worry about money. Your job will be to take all the money worries off my back." "I see," the accountant said. "And how much does the job pay?" "I'll start you at eighty thousand," said the businessman. "Eighty thousand dollars!" the accountant exclaimed. "How can such a small business afford a sum like that?" "That," the businessman said, "is your first worry." (, 11/18/15)

Writer’s Tips:                        More Editing Hints, and Using Sidebars
Don't Say the Same Thing Twice
It’s often possible to cut large chunks of material from your article or book because you've repeated the same thought in several paragraphs. Combine these into one strong paragraph. Repeating the same thought over and over says to your reader, "If you didn’t get it that way, maybe you’ll get it this way.” We once had a pastor who said, “I only said this to say that,” and I thought, “Why didn’t you say ‘that’ the first time?” If you’re working on a book or article now, reread it and see if you’ve repeated thoughts that could be reworded and combined into one paragraph.
Use Subheads, Lists, and Sidebars
Break up your chapters and articles by inserting subheads at appropriate places. Or place facts in a bulleted list instead of in a long paragraph. This will make it easier for your reader to remember what you have written. You can also use sidebars; for example, “10 Ways to Break the Plastic Habit.” Sometimes if an editor can’t use the entire article, he or she may purchase the sidebars. Are there places in your manuscript where you could insert a subhead or put some of your points in a bulleted list to make them stand out?

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