Wishing upon a Star (or Are You Hoping or Dreaming?)

grammar & style Oct 17, 2019

On my way into town this morning, a song came on the radio and part of the lyrics were “everything I’ve dreamed for.” I also recently heard that phrase on The Voice.

And...

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Is It Changing Tack or Tact?

grammar & style Jan 04, 2017

Whatever your character is doing isn’t working. Time to change tactics. There’s also a similar phrase–to change tack. But the two words–tack and tactic–are actually...

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That vs. Which

grammar & style Jul 22, 2014

That versus which perplexes a lot of people. First things first—let’s talk about restrictive versus nonrestrictive clauses. A relative clause is said to be restrictive if it provides...

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What to Expect during the Editing Process

If you’re new to self-publishing, you might not know exactly what to expect as you go through the production process. This is true even if you’re a veteran coming over from traditional...

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Tools of the Trade

You may have wondered about the tools editors use. A dictionary is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But which one? A grammar book, probably. Although, again, which one? There are tons...

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How to Pre-format Your Novel in Word

You may be asking yourself why pre-formatting matters. There are actually some very good reasons.

  1. Revisions: An organized manuscript makes it easier for you to make revisions. It’s hard to...
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The Difference between a Spoon Full of Sugar and a Spoonful of Sugar

grammar & style Apr 04, 2014

You may be wondering if there’s a difference between a spoonful of sugar or a spoon full of sugar. The same applies to roomful, forkful, and numerous other words. And the answer is yes!

A...

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Ellipses… How to Torture a Writer with Three Tiny Dots

grammar & style Nov 10, 2013

Ellipses are such handy little guys, but sadly very misunderstood. Some common issues I see:

Question: What’s the difference between an ellipsis and ellipses?
Answer: This is the...

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On Style Guides and Dictionaries

editing grammar & style Nov 04, 2013

Today’s “Grammar Bite” is going to be more of a meal, so I hope you’ll forgive me, but this topic is pretty important and there’s not a short answer here, so grab a...

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Passive Voice and the Word Was

grammar & style Oct 09, 2013

I had a friend email me a sample edit today that she’d gotten from another editor. She was a bit confused because the editor had flagged every instance of the word “was” as...

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