Did you join the Military?
I used to date him in High School.
I need to talk to my Mother.
She was a Nurse at the Hospital where I gave birth.
See anything wrong with the above bold words? They are capitalized when they don’t have to be.
I see this A LOT in manuscripts I edit. Why should these words be lowercased? Because they are not specific, because they are not naming a specific person, place, or thing.
Doctor is generic, common; however, Doctor Bacon is not.
The Military is generic, common; however, the U.S. Army is not.
High School is generic, common; however, Catonsville High School is not.
Mother is generic, common, when you are merely referring to her (on an aunt, uncle, grandfather, grandmother, etc.) especially in a possessive way - like my mother or his grandfather; however, if you are calling your mother, naming your mother, Mother, then it’s not generic; it’s a name. For example: When Mother calls me, I pick up, never fail.
Nurse and Hospital are generic, common; however, seeing Nurse Jane at Memorial Hospital is not.
|Shon Bacon is an author, editor, and educator, whose biggest joys are writing and helping others develop their craft. She has published both creatively and academically and interviews women writers on her popular blog ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING. You can learn more about Shon's writings at her official website, and you can get information about her editorial services and online programs at CLG Entertainment. Shon has her own sexy little story, Saying No to the Big O, that was published last year: check it out!|