Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
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.
Rather than listen to advice that says it’s unnecessary to learn the rules of writing and fiction, learn your craft.
Explanations for why a work in progress doesn’t read like a published novel. Includes areas to work on to improve a WIP.