Do the right thing: Altar vs. alter

There are days that some editors pray writers will change their habits with these two words.

Altar is a noun in describing a place where religious ceremonies are held: The priest offered communion at the altar.

Alter is a verb meaning to modify or adjust: The engineer knew he would have to alter the design to make the device more efficient.

In other words, you can pray at an altar that people will alter their behavior!


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.