Soooo… since the Author’s Alliance on Twitter seems to just LOVE to re-tweet my editing advice I put up on their page in November, I thought, hey, what the hell? Let me start a weekly editing advice blog. So, I will attempt, with no promises, to throw out some random editing advice every Wednesday. Thanks to my awesome friend and webgirl, Cyndi Henry she’s added a blog to my page, because I was clearly too lame to figure out how! Webpages and HTML have never been my strong suit. But I will admit – finding errors and typos, well, yes, they are my strong suit.
I’m gonna take notes on the errors I see frequented by the authors I do copyediting for. I hope my author friends don’t take offense to this, and of course I won’t mention names, but I will only use the ones I see repeated a lot.
Some authors, like myself, like to help out their fellow indie authors. Some Tweet, FB, promote, share, etc., other authors’ new book releases or book parties. Some do release parties and such for others. While others create gorgeous book covers. Me? I do editing. That’s my ‘thang’, if you will. I’ve always been one of those annoying “grammar nazis” – and I try hard not to correct people’s mistakes, but I promise you, in my head, I’m doing it. I just have to sit on my hands to stop from doing it online.
So, no more of that rambling. Today we’re gonna have a quick chat about the confusion over peak/peek/pique. It’s quite a pet peeve of mine, so let me give some examples here:
Peak – the summit of something, the top of it, or if used in verb form, to climb over or look over something. Got it?
Peek – Use your eyes to look at something, gaze at something, gape at something, or peer at something.
Pique – this one is a bit tricky, but this is generally only used when you’re saying “pique my interest.” Or in one book I recently edited, the character said, “Pique my curiosity” – and that’s okay, too. I hope you get the gist.
So – let’s have a test.
“I (peeked or peaked) at the expression on his face from between my fingers.” – yes, it’s “peeked’ – s/he’s looking.
“The sun (peaked or peeked) up over the mountain range, reminding me of better times.” – technically, it’s “peaked” as it’s rising. This one has caused lots of confusion, but since the sun doesn’t have eyes and cannot peek, let’s say peaked, okay?
Pique – I think I explained that one above.
You really don’t want to say something like, “He peaked over the edge of the sofa.” unless you’re writing erotica, and well, that’s just another use of the word ‘peak’ which I don’t think needs much explaining in the world of erotica writing. Comprende, my friends?
I hope this has been helpful. Tune in next Wednesday for more unsolicited advice from yours truly. I have a book I need to finish, and by that I don’t mean one I’m reading (although my TBR list is out of control!). If I don’t reach my deadline, nobody will peek at my author page, nor will their interest will piqued enough to keep wanting to follow me on Twitter, FB, and this blog, and once they’ve reached the peak of their interest of ol’ C.J. Pinard, they might grow bored with me. Right?
Yeah, that was a total shameless plug. So sue me.