The Lost Art of Proofreading

 I got this in an email and couldn’t stop laughing.  Enjoy!

Proofreading is a dying art, would you say? 

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

 – This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this.  It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!!  They put in a correction the next day.  

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
  ~No, really? Ya think?

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers 
  ~Now that’s taking things a bit far!

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over 
  ~ What a guy! 

Miners Refuse to Work after Death
  ~No-good-for-nothing’ lazy so-and-so’s!

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant 
  ~See if that works any better than a fair trial!

War Dims Hope for Peace 
  ~I can see where it might have that effect!

If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
  ~Ya think?!

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures 
  ~Who would have thought!

Enfield (  London  ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide  
  ~They may be on to something!

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges 
  ~ You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape? Oklahoma ‘s new construction program! 

Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge 
  ~ He probably IS the battery charge!

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft 
  ~That’s what he gets for eating those beans!

Kids Make Nutritious Snacks 
  ~ Do they taste like chicken?

Local  High School Dropouts Cut in Half 

  ~Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors 
  ~ Boy, are they tall!And the winner is…. 

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead 
  ~ Did I read that right?We all need a good laugh, at least once a day!


Revision Tips

Hello writers!  
Last week’s meeting was fantastic!  It was great to see your smiling faces and to meet a couple new ones.  Welcome Michelle and Heather!  Or, I should say welcome back Heather.  Joann was able to join us.  As usual, she had valuable advice and tidbits to share.  Always a pleasure to learn from her vast experience.
We discussed some revision techniques.  Remember, just about everybody’s first drafts are ugly.  The goal is to get your material written and out of your head.  When you go back in later to make it pretty, here are some things to watch for:
-repeated words (remember the example of using the word “life” 25 times on one page!) – don’t use the same word more than twice in a paragraph.
-weak verbs – avoid using “was” – YUCK!  Don’t be afraid of strong, active verbs.
-pronoun problems – remember Joann’s example of “her/she” – Make sure your pronouns have a clear reference.  Don’t confuse the reader.
-change in narration – Don’t switch from 1st person (I, me, we, us) to 2nd (you) or 3rd (he, she, it, they) or vice versa.  Pick one and be consistent.
-the word “that” is usually unnecessary
-don’t overuse -ly adverbs
-avoid run-on or lengthy sentences.  Sometimes it’s better to break it up & let a short sentence provide a punch.
-misplaced modifiers – ex: The boys and their dogs who stole the car were arrested. – Obviously, the dogs didn’t steal the car, the boys did!  Make sure the modifying phrase is in the correct position.
I hope each member of the Christian Writers’ Group is doing well and that you are actively writing whatever God places on your heart.
I look forward to seeing you next month on February 18th.  We will meet in the craft room (across the hall from our regular room) for February only.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the seminar on March 29th.  More info to come!
In His service,
Jodi Whisenhunt

We have a forum!

OK, we’re trying something new!  I’ve never run a forum before, so please forgive me if I’m slow to respond.  The purpose of a forum is to provide a place for writers to ask questions, pose comments, and share information.  Please visit the above site, register, and leave a post.



“Just a Splash of Jesus” by Jodi Whisenhunt

A friend recently told me about a book she read several years ago titled Tender Mercies for the Mother’s Soul.  A line from the book caught her attention, “When you spend time with the Lord, you walk away and go into your day splashing Jesus all over the place.”  What a wonderful image!

The passage reminded my friend of when her children were small.  The boys would fill a glass of water and run through the house, sloshing water here and there as they went.  They were so intent on their play that they were oblivious to what they left behind.

My friend pointed out that we need to do the same with our spiritual cups.  If we spend time daily with the Lord to fill our cups, as we proceed through each day, we’ll splash a bit of Jesus everywhere we go.  Sometimes we can intentionally spill Jesus onto broken-hearted friends, grieving neighbors, distraught co-workers, or grumpy cashiers.  Other times, perhaps through our writing, we may not be aware of where the drops fall or of what seeds we water as we go along the way.  So, go ahead, let your cup overflow!

Don’t forget to join us January 21st for the first meeting of 2009!  We’ve got some great information to share and some challenging exercises to try (writing exercises, of course!).  Also, mark your calendars for Sunday, March 29, 2009, from 4:00-8:00 p.m., for the First Annual (?) Christian Writers’ Group Conference (to be held in the Multi-Purpose room of the FSC).  We’ll enjoy fellowship and refreshments as we learn from 4 guest speakers.  More information coming soon!

Write His Answer

You may be familiar with Marlene Bagnull’s Bible study book for writers, WRITE HIS ANSWER. Well, did you know that she has a website by the same title Check it out! She offers at-home workshops, publishing info, conference info & more. She directs the upcoming Colorado Christian Writers Conference (May 2009) as well as one in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are links to both on her site. If you haven’t already purchased her book, The Cup Filler in the square still has a few copies. I highly recommend reading it.

I hope your new year is off to a good start! Keep writing!