It’s Wednesday (at least where I am), so it means it’s time for me to write about … something.
As you know, I’m a bit of a perfectionist. In terms of drawing (seriously) and writing, this is true.
The problem is I hate having to go back and proofread my work. And grammar and spellcheckers will only catch so much. (I do go back and check closely when working professionally, but it takes some time.)
Anyway, I have been looking at the way I make titles and use ellipses (…).
Did you know that words like “About” should be capitalized? I always thought that they shouldn’t since the word “About” is a preposition. Well, as I found out, I was doing it wrong.
Prepositions should be in lowercase, but only if they have 4 letters or less. If the word has 5 letters or more, it should be capitalized. There are other rules with prepositions, depending on how they are used in a sentence.
I was also wrong about ellipses. Generally, there should be a space on either side of one. Also, they are rarely needed at the beginning of a sentence, even if you are quoting mid-sentence. I work in Word most of the time, but I never caught this.
There are of course other aspects of typing that I need to review, like the use of em dashes (—), en dashes (–), and hyphens (-).
What makes this fun (for me, at least) is that it helps me to become a better writer. I am also overseeing the creation of a grammar guide. It’s always fun to apply what I know and learn to something that can help others. And the person working on the guide quite enjoys it, too.