Is your manuscript ready for a copyedit? Check this handy flowchart to see.

Getting to the end of your first draft is a momentous achievement – definitely one that deserves celebration. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that your work here is done and it’s time to send it off to an editor.

I often receive very raw drafts from writers asking for a  copyedit. So I’ve created this super professional flowchart to give an idea of the level of work that needs to go into a manuscript before it’s ready to copyedit.

This is not a definitive process, but it’s indicative. If you’re not sure what to do next once you’ve typed ‘the end’ for the first time, this could be a handy guide.

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Good luck intrepid writer.

Please feel free to share if you found this useful or know someone who might.

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The gentle art of dictionary browsing

I just had the occasion to use wherewithal in a sentence. What a lovely word.

The Macquarie Dictionary defines it as follows:

noun that wherewith to do something; means or supplies for the
purpose or need, especially money: the wherewithal to pay my rent.

But what is wherewith?  And why is there a ‘that’ in front of it? This definition left me none the wiser, so I consulted my trusty 2003 Australian Collins instead, (my favourite dictionary, here’s a photo so you can see why).

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Not sure I’ll be using wherewith in a sentence anytime soon, but a satisfying dictionary browse nonetheless.

And now I also know what a wherry is.

And so do you.

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