Judy Hagey

Nonfiction Editor ~ Freelance Writer

Disappointment. Or What Happens When You Don’t Read the Fine Print

We headed out in eager anticipation. It had been many too many months since we’d spent time on our favorite central Florida river. The holiday and an online coupon promised a few stress-free, sun-dappled hours in a canoe. Ignoring Google Map’s toll way and interstate route, we opted for the less-traveled path to our destination. […]

Word of the Week – bedlam

Many now common English words evolve from proper nouns. Gerrymandering—the practice of creating electoral districts that favor a particular political party takes its name from the Massachusetts governor, Elbridge Gerry, who approved such a move in 1812. Californication found its way into the lexicon in the 1970s. It refers to the unchecked, haphazard development that […]

Repeat After Me…

Repetition is a great learning device and a useful literary tool, when used judiciously. Redundancy, on the other hand, is essential in situations where a backup system prevents complete failure, but it should be avoided in your writing. Careful use of repetition can drive home a point or strengthen your writing. Effective orators like Abraham […]

Parallel Structure: Not Just for Railroad Tracks

Parallel structure is as essential for good writing as it is for railroad tracks. Just as railroad tracks must be level and equally spaced to insure a safe ride, elements within a sentence that are alike in function should also be alike in construction. Failure to do so results in faulty parallelism. Parallel construction or […]

Bringing My Faux Pas to Light

I don’t remember the erroneous sentence, but I well remember my embarrassment when it was pointed out to me that I had written illicit when I should have used elicit. To spare you a similar embarrassment, allow me to explain the difference between the two. Elicit is a transitive verb meaning to draw out or […]