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A discussion about the use of “and” to connect two actions of the same subject. “And” doesn’t imply that the actions happen simultaneously.
A blog reader asks specific questions about deep POV.
How can you make plot less episodic? A reader’s question.
What happens to the comma when you have a question mark or exclamation point midsentence where a comma should go?
Three very specific questions about punctuation and grammar—are band names singular or plural, is a band’s name a possessive noun or an attributive noun, how do you treat two verbs in the predicate when one’s a linking verb?
A list of resources for grammar and punctuation as well as style and usage. Introduction to a series on very specific questions regarding usage.
Confused about how to capitalize holidays and religious holy days? Don’t know if holiday greetings should be capitalized in a story? Read on for tips for capitalizing holiday terms.
A reader asked a question about one adjective modifying multiple nouns. There are some choices that are clearly better than others.
It’s not a waste of time to finish a first novel, to practice your writing skills with that first novel manuscript, even if it will never be published. But know that the first novel will not be a masterpiece.
Explore novel ways to look at the use of dialogue tags, especially at “said” and other verbs, such as laugh and smile, used as dialogue tags.