Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
The use of there’s for there are—is it acceptable?
An overflow article for comments and questions regarding manuscript formatting.
Help for setting up and using dependent (subordinate) clauses. Tips include when to use commas.
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.
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.
There are rules for numbers in fiction, but the key is consistency. Learn a few of the most common conventions for numbers.
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.
A reader’s questions about punctuation in dialogue. You may have had some of the same questions.
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.
Does grammar matter? If so, to what degree? Is it more important to be grammatically correct or to write the way people speak today? An exploration of prescriptive and descriptive language and grammar in fiction.