Judy Hagey

Freelance Editor - Writer

Put Modifiers in their Place

Engaging prose makes good use of modifiers. Descriptive words—adjectives, adverbs, and phrases—add the kind of detail that draws the reader into a story or clarifies a piece of nonfiction. But beware the misplaced modifier. Confusion or unintended humor can result when the descriptive word or phrase is placed too far from the word it modifies. […]

When Opposites Attract

Hearing this line in a recent news report got me thinking about oxymorons.   The government made it clear they will give unspecified military aid… Given that this is the government speaking, I shouldn’t be surprised by the contradictory language. After all, we’ve come to accept doublespeak from governments. They have given us such non […]

100 Words Expert Authors Should Know

How many of these words do you know? Can you use them in a sentence?