The black magic of ambiguity in writing

As a copy editor, I’m very aware that there’s a particular trick of the brain that happens when we write, and it fascinates me. It is this: the descent of a cloud that makes it impossible to see that your meaning is ambiguous. It happens to everyone. “Let’s eat Grandpa!” What a great start to … Continue reading The black magic of ambiguity in writing

How punctuation helps your writing to speak

Effective writing flows into the reader’s mind like well-constructed speech. To do so, it needs pauses, emphases and lilt, just like speech does. No rewinding is needed to figure out what was being said; the readers or listeners instantly understand each point as it’s read or spoken, and their concentration moves on to the next … Continue reading How punctuation helps your writing to speak