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Keeping Adjectives in Line

on April 8th, 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

on July 27th, 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

on July 25th, 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

on July 12th, 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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Just Who is the Subject Here?

on June 27th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A real-world example used to show the importance of checking sentences to make sure the subject you include is the one you intend for the sentence.

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Those %!@# Expletives

on May 26th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Expletives—there is, there were, it is, it was, and so forth—can make sentences dull. And sometimes they’re just used too often in our writing. Learn how expletives can work either for or against story.

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Numbers in Fiction

on January 13th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

There are rules for numbers in fiction, but the key is consistency. Learn a few of the most common conventions for numbers.

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Restrictive or Not—When Do Clauses Need Commas?

on September 17th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Is it a comma before which or before who or before that? Are there really rules and do I have to follow them in my fiction? Tips for comma use with essential and non-essential phrases and clauses.

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Even More Punctuation in Dialogue—A Reader’s Question

on June 29th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reader’s questions about punctuation in dialogue. You may have had some of the same questions.

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Fragments and the Incomplete Sentence

on March 11th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Who says you can’t use incomplete sentences in fiction? If you were taught that “rule” in school, take your liberty and write in sentence fragments if you want to. Keep in mind, however, than not all incomplete sentences work.

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