Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
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.
A discussion about the use of “and” to connect two actions of the same subject. “And” doesn’t imply that the actions happen simultaneously.
Rather than try to spell an accent, use other options for letting readers know that a character has an accent.
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.
Is it couple or couple of? is one use right and the other wrong? Or are there options? Is couple ever an adjective?
While most adverbs don’t require commas, some special adverbs do. A lesson on the use of commas with sentence adverbs and conjunctive adverbs.
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.