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Writing is reason

Monday, February 20th, 2012

We all hope and expect to be ruled by reason.

Years before we become adults, our childish instincts are firmly aligned with fair play. The child’s strident cry of “that’s not fair!” is invariably well-founded, but where does it come from?

The first source is the natural, innate sense of fairness. Later we gain access to a more detached, educated, adult understanding of justice.

Between the childish sense of fairness and the adult construction of justice lie years of exposure to varying levels of reason. Language links them together. Continue Reading…

The best proofreader

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Here’s a question: Who makes the best proofreader?

It’s never the author—they make the worst proofreaders. They’re just too close to the intention of the writing to judge the writing. The proofreader shouldn’t even be on the project team.

Say a product development team is building a revolutionary new model of Flostenhammer, and one of the team members writes a user instruction manual. If they made an inadvertent factual error, the best person to find it would be another member of the team, because to them the mistake would stand out like a sore thumb. So a team member should check all the instructional writing they produce.

But the writing itself is different. Continue Reading…

Announcing FastProof

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Here is the birth of retail proofreading

Have you ever wanted a proofreader and wondered how on earth you’d find one? Perhaps you’ve been desperate for help with your writing and pleaded with Agnes from accounts to check your advertisement? Or you once asked old Arthur Prestwick, the retired teacher down the road, to check your CV, but that was years ago and you’re not sure Arthur’s still alive.

If those stories sound familiar, then FastProof is for you. Because FastProof is new. FastProof is fast, dependable and reasonably priced. You don’t have to go anywhere because it’s available online. We bring proofreading to everyone.

Eliminate typos

A spell checker and grammar checker are useful, but they are not infallible because they don’t have a brain. Your word processor will overlook mistakes that could cook your goose. Continue Reading…