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Revisiting Dangling Modifiers

September 22, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Dangling modifiers continue to be a problem that I find in many manuscripts. But they can be easily identified and removed from your stories.

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Editing Odds and Ends

August 14, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for a mix of writing situations you might have trouble with including weaved or wove, may or might, and set or sit.

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Commas with Subordinate Clauses—A Reader’s Question

July 30, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A writer asks about comma use with dependent clauses. Includes details about comma use for subordinate clauses before, after, and in the middle of independent clauses.

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Go For Correct, But Don’t Go Crazy

July 22, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Know when to quit when searching for obscure grammar and punctuation rules.

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Spelling Interjections and Exclamations

May 29, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A list of common spellings of interjections and exclamations that are often simply spoken sounds.

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Marking Text—Choosing Between Italics and Quotation Marks

May 12, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Learn how to choose between italics and quotation marks. Learn when more than capital letters are called for and also when capital letters are sufficient.

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Keeping Adjectives in Line

April 8, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Adjectives can be paired or grouped to modify a single noun—learn the rules for using multiple adjectives, including the Royal Order of Adjectives. Explanation of coordinate and cumulative adjectives, and tips for using commas with adjectives as well.

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Grammatically Correct or Culturally Acceptable Wording

July 27, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The use of there’s for there are—is it acceptable?

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Overflow Comments for Post on Manuscript Format

July 25, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

An overflow article for comments and questions regarding manuscript formatting.

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Treating Dependents and Subordinates Properly

July 12, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Help for setting up and using dependent (subordinate) clauses. Tips include when to use commas.

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