"The Elements of Style" … the opera!

I heard this on NPR during my carpool commute in to the office today.The Elements of Style ... the opera.You won't believe your ears. … [Read more...]

More Fun with Film Review Editing!

Here are more paragraphs from recently published Christian film reviews. Get out your red pen and respond in the comments section.Remember, the goal here is to emphasize the need for better film writing, not to ridicule anybody or put down any particular online review site.The first ste of excerpts is from a new review of Sideways. I won't say who wrote it. I won't say who published it. I'll just say it proved very difficult to read because I kept wanting to wake up the editor.Here's … [Read more...]

It’s Only Fair

Having encouraged people to tear other Christian-film-reviews to pieces with their editing cutlery, I should put myself on the operating table as well. I do this to emphasize that I'm interested in better writing, not in belittling other review writers. … [Read more...]

Christian Movie Review Editing Lesson #2

In Round One of "Christian Movie Review Editing Lessons," readers had a lot of fun discovering just how much could be done to improve the review in question. So now, in the name of excellence, here's Round Two. … [Read more...]

Christian Movie Review Editing Lesson: An ‘Appreciative’ critique

Since it's my job to read every Christian-press movie review every week, I am constantly reminded that Christian media is in dire need of TRAINED EDITORS, writers who know how to use the English language.I include myself in the lot of those who need watchful editors to catch mistakes.After all, if God cares about the number of hairs on our heads, and if he watches over the sparrows, surely he cares about split infinitives and ending sentences with prepositions.So, here is the first … [Read more...]


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