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Introduce Me with a Comma

August 27, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Many introductory sentence elements are followed by a comma. Yet not all are. A discussion of comma use with elements at the beginning of a sentence.

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Compound Words—Using This Cheat Sheet is Not Cheating

August 15, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for spelling compound words—open, closed, and hyphenated compounds. The Chicago Manual of Style has a great section on spelling compound words.

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One Adjective Paired with Multiple Nouns—A Reader’s Question

August 8, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reader asked a question about one adjective modifying multiple nouns. There are some choices that are clearly better than others.

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Smiling or Laughing Dialogue—A Reader’s Question

March 30, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explore novel ways to look at the use of dialogue tags, especially at “said” and other verbs, such as laugh and smile, used as dialogue tags.

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Revisiting Dangling Modifiers

September 22, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Dangling modifiers continue to be a problem that I find in many manuscripts. But they can be easily identified and removed from your stories.

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Editing Odds and Ends

August 14, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for a mix of writing situations you might have trouble with including weaved or wove, may or might, and set or sit.

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Commas with Subordinate Clauses—A Reader’s Question

July 30, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A writer asks about comma use with dependent clauses. Includes details about comma use for subordinate clauses before, after, and in the middle of independent clauses.

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Go For Correct, But Don’t Go Crazy

July 22, 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

May 29, 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

May 12, 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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