By Jay Wilburn
While there are some writing conventions that are generally agreed upon, the subtle things that make a story good may be more intangible than we like to think.
In: capitalization, gender neutral pronouns, Grammar, Inclusive Language, List, Memes, Oxford comma, plain language, style guides
In 10 years, I've given a lot of grammar advice. Some of it is bullshit now, but some of it is truer than ever.
By Cina Pelayo
Do you use any editing softwares to perfect your writing? Here is a sampling of tools available.
It's a new decade! Let's look back on 10 years of giving grammar advice.
Happy 260th Birthday to the man whose name is synonymous with “Go Look It Up!” (Which is the pre-cursor to today’s “Google It!”)
How "snuck" sneaked into the English language and we totally let it.
The elusive semi-colon, confusing dashes, and where-oh-where to put the punctuation in quoted material.
In this episode, we will attack the grammatical conundrums in the following sentence: Basically, our hopes have lay with the children.
Where to put (or not put) commas with the word 'too', my opinion on sentence fragments, and a dicussion of rhetoric that could get me in trouble.
You may not know it, but there are many rules that govern when you should spell out a number and when you should use the numerals. Here are a few of them.
Verbs are action words. That seems simple enough, so why are there so many different variables when it comes to conjugating them?
We hit it out of the park last October by giving you ten words you were probably using wrong. Well, here are ten more.
Donate now to help save the direct-address comma! Get it off the endangered species list! All it takes is one well-placed keystroke, people. All it takes is a little integrity.
Thanks to Joe Biden's mega-gaffe last month at the DNC, we were reminded that "literally" literally means you are being "literal". Here are a few more words you might want to revisit.
Whether you are actually going back to school this fall, or you just need an excuse to go to the bookstore, we have compiled a list of the most well known style guides and how to use them.
In: editing, fiction writing, Grammar, Plot, Revision, Rewriting, Storyville, Structure, Vocabulary, Workshop
It's been said that the difference between a good writer and a great writer is editing. So let's hop to it.
Know your weaknesses as a writer, and then cull them, fix them.
Commas, parentheses, and dashes are just a few ways to interrupt a perfectly good sentence.
A list of some of the most common grammatical errors that routinely make it into print.
The Period Part 1—Lots o' dots: How frequent and deliberate use of the humble period can create maximum impact.
It may not seem like much, but that diminutive punctuation symbol at the end of your sentence has a lot of power. This article will focus on how to use the period to create different effects.
On giving your characters volition by making their actions deliberate, plus a handy postscript on the erroneous concept of the "passive verb." This essay originally appeared over at The Cult.
This Is Not Oklahoma: OK vs. Okay. In the Age of the Laze Abbreviation, can we all just agree that it looks stupid?