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Should I Use Absolute Phrases? Absolutely

May 10, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

An absolute phrase is a modifier you might use in your writing, but one you might not have heard of. Learn the proper uses of absolute phrases, and give yourself one more tool for crafting creative sentences.

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Single Quotation Marks—A Reader’s Question

May 7, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Single quotation marks don’t have many uses in American English. Learn when to use them and how to use double quotation marks and italics for emphasis.

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More Punctuation in Dialogue—A Reader’s Questions

March 22, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Can you combine dialogue for multiple readers in one paragraph? Learn what readers expect about dialogue and why it’s important to follow the rules.

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Forget the Writing Rules

March 20, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Some writing rules are not rules, certainly not rules that must be followed to craft understandable and engaging stories. Let’s look at some of the rules we can toss out.

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Writing Basics—The Paragraph

March 15, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

There’s much more to a paragraph than what you learned way back when. See what your paragraphs can and should be doing for your stories.

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Don’t Fear the Semicolon—It’s a Useful Writing Tool

March 9, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Even though it’s often ignored, the semicolon has important uses that other punctuation marks can’t handle. Learn where and where not to use the semicolon.

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No Comma Necessary—Coordinating Conjunctions Don’t Always Need Commas

February 26, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Even professional writers might need a review of comma use. See what the wrong use of commas can do to a reader who otherwise loves your story.

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Rules of Grammar & Punctuation—The Weird, Odd, or Unfamiliar

February 14, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

We all need help with the rules of grammar and punctuation, but sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know. This list can help you with a few rules you might not be familiar with.

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Participial Phrases? C’mon, You Made that Up

February 6, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Participial phrases have something to do with writing? You probably think I’m pulling your leg when I say that they do. But I promise I’m not. And I promise you’ll recognize these oddly named phrases once you see them. Learn how to use these modifiers correctly to bring variety and clarity to your writing.

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Finding Commas in All the Wrong Places

January 13, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Punctuation rules are not always fun to study and learn. Yet a strong grasp of the rules can make you a stronger writer. Here are a few of the rules concerning commas, presented with a different slant—learn when not to use a comma.

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