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Go For Correct, But Don’t Go Crazy

on July 22nd, 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

on May 29th, 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

on May 12th, 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

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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