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National Punctuation Day: The Mechanics of Writing Dialogue

National Punctuation Day Today, September 24, is National Punctuation Day. I’ve written about this before, but last year’s offering was fairly broad-based. This year, I’m going to focus on an area of fiction writing that comes quite easily to some, but for many, is a labyrinth of false starts, dead ends, and forbidding alleyways. What I’m…

John E. McIntyre on Commas

Tomorrow is National Punctuation Day, and to mark that auspicious occasion, Mr. John E. McIntyre, who plies his trade at the Baltimore Sun, has a few things say today about the lowly comma. Please follow the link to the complete (short) article; however, there is one paragraph I’d like to highlight (emphasis added): But the…

Dashes and Hyphens: The Long and Short of It

If you write much at all, you are probably aware that you have a “favorite” punctuation mark. (By favorite, I don’t necessarily mean “favorite.” I mean favorite in the sense that you may overuse, or even abuse, it.) For some, it’s the ellipsis; for others, the semicolon. (See what I did there?) Some people thrive…

National Grammar Day: A Quiz

Believe it or not, today–March 4–is National Grammar Day. To help celebrate this auspicious occasion, and to further grammar education throughout the Internet (always capitalized, incidentally), I have combed through hundreds–maybe even thousands–of blog entries to bring you the following quiz. What you are about to see are errors of usage I have collected over the…

Two-Minute Drill: The Comma Splice

For some reason, discussion of comma splices is on the upswing lately. I’ve run across it at least three times in recent weeks; most recently, at Copyediting’s Fiddly Rules Podcast #12.1 Because it’s unlikely you visit the same websites (or subscribe to the same blogs) as I do, I thought I’d give a quick lesson…

Weekly Word Count: January 22

What Is This? Following the lead of my mentor, friend, and exemplar, Tami Moore, this is a weekly article to document progress in meeting my writing goals as described here. I set up an Excel spreadsheet to track all my work by category (blog post, copyediting work, creative writing) and item. So all I need to do…

Passive and Possessive—Pronouns for Pros

How about some mad props for the alliterative title? Hopefully, it caught your attention and prompted you to read more. So without further ado…. First, let’s be sure we’re all on the same page with respect to what pronouns are. They are words we substitute for nouns, generally to avoid repeating the nouns each time…

How Not to Impress Me As A Potential Customer

I just received an email today, which advertised a new “super-premium” skin for the Thesis premium WordPress theme. I enjoy reading about new skins, so I read the email. Lucky for all of you that I did: It gave me plenty of fodder for a blog article! First, here’s the relevant portion of the email…

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