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The Importance of the Copy Edit

A friend is doing a massive favor for me and the other authors of a collection we’ve already released. She’s doing the copy edit we should’ve done to begin with. Even though I had already edited the bulk of the … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tools–Use ‘Em Right

In “Five Quick Steps Toward More Mature Writing,” I mentioned┬áthat ellipses, dashes, semicolons, colons, and italic are “specialty tools” to be used infrequently so as not to dilute their effectiveness. Certain sentence structures fall in the category of “specialty tools,” … Continue reading

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Getting to the Root of the Problem

Not long ago,┬áDaily Writing Tips answered the question: “Is Inferencing a Word?” I could tell Maeve Maddox cringed as deeply as I did when she looked it up and discovered it in the psycholinguistic lexicon. Guess what it means? Inferring. … Continue reading

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Especially for Writers

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What’s the Subject? Grammar Oversimplified

For many of us, if we were ever required to do it at all, it has been ages since we’ve diagrammed a sentence. I actually have a book on how to do it on my wish list in Amazon. Even … Continue reading

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Super Sentences

I’m not too far in this book because I’m such a slow reader–for a couple of reasons. I don’t have as much time to read as I’d like, and when I do read, I tend to savor and enjoy and … Continue reading

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Him ‘n’ I

Him and I went to the beach! Sand got all over him and I. Cringing yet? Since most of the folks who read this blog are writers, I know I’m about to preach to the choir, but I heard “him … Continue reading

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Verbal Deprivation

Authors are depriving themselves. I don’t know why, but for some reason, certain words and verb tenses have landed on someone’s “hit list,” and consequently have become taboo–to the detriment of clarity in our writing. I don’t know who that … Continue reading

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The Lofty Semicolon

As in all professions–all of life, actually–there are people behind the scenes known only as “the powers that be,” the nebulous and unidentified “they.” The same is true for authors. Whoever “they” are, those powers that be, they have deemed … Continue reading

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