QuickEdit is more than just an editing service.  We want to inspire you to hone your writing skills. Maybe you’re not Churchill or Thoreau, but we know you can improve your communication. To that end, our blog will provide you with some good resources. Put us on your RSS feed for weekly commentary that will teach and inspire you.


 

Want To Go Viral?

Posted on March 23, 2015 by jima

Everyone wants what they write to go viral whether they admit it or not.  A New Yorker article by Maria Konnikova describes six elements of the writing craft most likely to send your words spinning into the universe, including a positive message, an emotionally arousing subject, a memory...Read More »



Doooo You Eeeelongate in Your Texts?

Posted on March 25, 2013 by jima

Jen Doll posted a cute column in The Atlantic, “Why Drag It Out?”  She refers to the word lengthening used in text messages to impart nuance and intonation. This will never be QuickEdit’s recommended style but, for those who do it, here’s an explanation of why you like it – just in case...Read More »



Word for the Day: Paraprosdokian

Posted on March 20, 2013 by jima

A new word for the “exotic” niche of my vocabulary: Paraprosdokian. Winston Churchill loved this kind of wordplay where the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret an earlier part. Comedians use...Read More »



Make-or-Break Verbs

Posted on March 4, 2013 by jima

Here is a lovely article on enlivening your writing with verbs: quiet, dynamic, wimpy, copulative, existential, and more. It was written with style by Constance Hale for the N.Y. Times.

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The Economist Speaks on Exclamation Points!

Posted on February 8, 2013 by jima

Facebook comments and emails typically have more than enough exclamation points – reflecting the impulse to “really connect!” with your reader.  The Economist has an interesting take on !!!’s in business names and other editorial conundrums.

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Ode to the Typographical Error

Posted on February 4, 2013 by jima

The typographical error is a slippery thing and sly;
You can hunt till you are dizzy, but it somehow will get by.
’Till the forms are on the press, it is strange how still it keeps.
It shrinks down in a corner, and it never stirs or peeps –
That...Read More »



The Boulder Mountain Tour

Posted on February 2, 2013 by jima

Sun Valley, Idaho, where I live, hosts The Boulder Mountain Tour each year, a 32-mile cross-country ski race that draws elite skate-skiers from around the world. It took place this morning on a gloriously perfect windless day of sun and the just-right temperature.  What I saw:

The Boulder Tour

Thin winged,
variegated, sleek,
the...Read More »



Two Spaces or One

Posted on January 17, 2013 by jima

I was trained to use two spaces between the end of one sentence and the beginning of another.  It’s not surprising that, in this speedy age, the practice is being challenged.  Here’s an article from Slate.

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