About

When I was hired to proofread a daily newspaper in the fall of 1977, I never dreamed that proofreading would become a career spanning thirty years. It turns out that I love working with words. All right, I confess: it’s more of an obsession. I’m obsessed with getting things right on the printed page.

You want to get things right, too. Don’t be embarrassed by errors in your published document. Don’t give agents and readers an excuse to discard your screenplay. Don’t let errors prevent your content from shining through. You want consistency. I will help ensure that your content is presented consistently, marking errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Below are a few things to watch for. I call these “the Big Three.”

  1. Passive-voice constructions
  2. Dangling participles
  3. Subject/verb disagreement

Passive-voice constructions

So much writing is full of passive-voice constructions. Your document or screenplay should be full of active-voice constructions. 

Example

  • Passive voice. The Winchester rifle is fired by Billy the Kid.
  • Active voice. Billy the Kid fires the Winchester rifle. 

I can help you eliminate passive-voice constructions.

Dangling participles

This problem is usually the result of using passive-voice constructions. 

Example

  • Dangling participle. Disguised as a rancher, the posse is eluded.
  • No dangling participle. Disguised as a rancher, Billy the Kid eludes the posse. 

I can help you find and fix dangling participles.

Subject/verb disagreement

Disagreement in subject and verb can occur when you list lots of things. Phrases like as well as, and along with do not affect the subject of a sentence.

Example

  • Subject/verb disagreement. The sheriff, as well as the deputy, the rancher, and the bartender, pursue Billy the Kid.
  • Subject/verb agreement. The sheriff, as well as the deputy, the rancher, and the bartender, pursues Billy the Kid.

I can help you find and fix disagreement in subject and verb.