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Nouns—The Parts of Speech (1)—Writing Essentials

April 30, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The basics on nouns, how they can be used, and how they can be identified.

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Keeping Adjectives in Line

April 8, 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

July 27, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The use of there’s for there are—is it acceptable?

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Those %!@# Expletives

May 26, 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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Tone, Mood, & Style—The Feel of Fiction

April 19, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tone, mood, and style—three of the elements of fiction—each contribute to the feel of a story. Learn what each is and how they affect one another.

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Rules vs. Practice—Prescriptive and Descriptive Grammar

March 2, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

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.

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On Grammar and Punctuation

May 30, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The rules of grammar and punctuation are many; explore the importance of knowing how to use grammar and punctuation correctly.

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