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Hyphens and How to Use Them

Hyphens and How to Use Them

Written by on March 6, 2018 in blog, editing, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

Hyphens and How to Use Them When it comes to hyphenation, prose often suffers from the Goldilocks effect: either too much or too little, but seldom just right. Here are some erroneously constructed elements along with repaired revisions that let them eat, sit, or sleep with contentment. With no more delay, we’ll start. If we […]

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List of Compound Words

List of Compound Words

Written by on December 28, 2017 in blog, editing, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

Compound Word List Compound words stymie people all the time. And I don’t mean just regular people whose profession is not writing. I know of many writers who struggle with when to use one word and when to use two, or when to hyphenate. This list of compound words should help. This is not a […]

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Dialogue Tags and When to Use Them

Dialogue Tags and When to Use Them

Written by on December 18, 2017 in editing, grammar, self-publishing, writing with 0 Comments

Dialogue Tags What Are Dialogue Tags and When Is It Best to Use Them? People, meaning writers, seem to mess up dialogue tags a whole lot. In an attempt to sound “writerly” or make it appear as if they are experience authors, they use ridiculous dialogue tags when they shouldn’t. What do I mean? The […]

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Capitalizing Dialogue

Capitalizing Dialogue

Written by on November 21, 2017 in blog, editing, grammar, self-publishing, writing with 0 Comments

Capitalizing Dialogue You’ve already learned about dialogue tags—I hope. Now learn how capitalizing dialogue is easy. Read on to find out how to capitalize dialogue—when to do it and when not to. Capitalizing Dialogue Capitalizing dialogue is one of the areas that makes authors stumble, especially new authors. Don’t let it. It’s not that difficult. […]

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Are Pre Words Redundant?

Are Pre Words Redundant?

Written by on November 2, 2017 in blog, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

Are Pre Words Redundant? Pre is a prefix that means before. It’s fairly easy to understand and everyone I know of uses pre in one way or another. But are pre words redundant? preorder preboard preview prerecord pre-announce pre-arrange These are but a few of the pre words. There are many more. The problem I have with […]

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Absolutely Is Absolutely Wrong

Absolutely Is Absolutely Wrong

Written by on September 5, 2017 in blog, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

Absolutely Is Absolutely Wrong It’s a well-known fact that absolutely is absolutely wrong. Well, for some people it is. And what makes it worse, is that people often use it as an intensifier for another absolute. I wrote about absolutes before. You can read about them here. Even the dictionaries have succumbed to popular and common […]

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Compare to versus Compare With

Compare to versus Compare With

Written by on June 27, 2017 in blog, grammar, writing with 0 Comments

Compare to and Compare With Some authors claim that compare to versus compare with is a useless argument–that they mean essentially the same thing, but this is not supported by actual data. The verb compare has several different meanings, some of which take the preposition “to”, while the others take “with”: Compare A to B […]

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When to Use Of

When to Use Of

Written by on May 9, 2017 in blog with 0 Comments

When to Use Of—and When Not To Some people say it’s easy to know when to use of; others say it’s easier to know when not to use of. For one thing, I often see the phrase off of used, and I can’t think of a single example when it would be appropriate unless someone was […]

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Editing by Yourself — Something You Should Never Do

Editing by Yourself — Something You Should Never Do

Written by on April 25, 2017 in blog, ebooks, self-publishing, Uncategorized, writing with 1 Comment

Editing by Yourself — Something You Should Never Do I don’t know why I’m writing this, except to help out those who are foolish enough to try to edit a manuscript themselves. It’s not something I recommend; in fact, I strongly oppose it. I write blog posts without editors, but I wouldn’t think of releasing […]

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Outskirts Press

Outskirts Press

Written by on October 27, 2016 in blog, self-publishing with 0 Comments

Outskirts press may be rated highly by some, but please take a closer look.

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