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Is Perfection Possible?

May 10, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Writing rules can frustrate writers, but following rules is important. On the other hand, breaking rules can be the answer for a section of text.

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Quotes Within Quotes

April 14, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Using the correct quotation marks for quotes within quotes isn’t as tricky as you might imagine, but there is some confusion about the rules.

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“And” in Action

March 27, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A discussion about the use of “and” to connect two actions of the same subject. “And” doesn’t imply that the actions happen simultaneously.

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Restraining Accents

January 23, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Rather than try to spell an accent, use other options for letting readers know that a character has an accent.

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Please Learn the Rules

December 19, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Help your readers by learning the rules. Sometimes even big publishers don’t edit as they should—therefore you’ve got to do it yourself. Bad grammar and punctuation can turn away even the most determined reader.

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Couples Policy

June 22, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Is it couple or couple of? is one use right and the other wrong? Or are there options? Is couple ever an adjective?

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A Tale of Adverbs and the Comma

February 21, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

While most adverbs don’t require commas, some special adverbs do. A lesson on the use of commas with sentence adverbs and conjunctive adverbs.

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Getting Specific—Addressing Readers’ Examples (Part 2)

November 8, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

What happens to the comma when you have a question mark or exclamation point midsentence where a comma should go?

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Getting Specific—Addressing Readers’ Examples (Part 1)

October 21, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

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?

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Answering Your Questions About Specifics

October 14, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A list of resources for grammar and punctuation as well as style and usage. Introduction to a series on very specific questions regarding usage.

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