Taylor Houston

Is it the Fourth or the 4th of July?: Formatting Numbers in Your Writing

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.
Taylor Houston

...and ACTION!: The Who, What, When, and Why of Verb Conjugation

Verbs are action words. That seems simple enough, so why are there so many different variables when it comes to conjugating them?
Taylor Houston

Put a Cap on It: Learning the Rules of Capitalization

Do You feel Compelled to Capitalize every other Word? If so, you are an OverCapitalizer. There is help—read on...
Taylor Houston

10 More Words You Literally Didn't Know You Were Getting Wrong

We hit it out of the park last October by giving you ten words you were probably using wrong. Well, here are ten more.
Cath Murphy

How the Superheroes of Literature can save you from the Grammar Nazis

Who can save the planet from the deadly Grammar Nazis? The Superheroes of Literature, that's who!
Taylor Houston

Watching out for Reiterations: Eliminating Redundancy in Your Writing

Like Sonny & Cher on February 2nd, redundancies in your writing are driving your readers crazy.
Taylor Houston

Phraseology: Groups of Words with a Lot of Jobs

So I've bored you with lectures on sentences and clauses, now we'll talk about that other group of words-the phrase.
Taylor Houston

10 Grammar & Usage-Related New Year’s Resolutions

So you swore off sugar in the new year, but did you resolve to stop using 'they' to refer to a single subject? You should. Here are 10 grammar and usage resolutions for 2013.
Karina Wilson

10 Reasons Your Screenplay Sucks (and how to fix it)

What makes a reader hate a screenplay on sight? Here are 10 pet peeves - and fixes.
Taylor Houston

10 Things You Should Know About Plurals

When you have more than one, sometimes just adding an "s" doesn't cut it. Here are few things you should know about plural nouns.
Stephen Graham Jones

Direct-Address Commafication

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.
Taylor Houston

10 Words You Literally Didn’t Know You Were Getting Wrong

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.
Kimberly Turner

The Secret Lives Of Little Words

What's that word doing there? When it comes to spoken language, nothing is accidental. Linguists are working on finding meaning in every 'oh,' 'um,' 'well,' and 'okay.' The results might surprise you.
Taylor Houston

What's Your Style?: Style Guides and How to Use Them

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.
Richard Thomas

Storyville: The Horror of Editing and Revision

It's been said that the difference between a good writer and a great writer is editing. So let's hop to it.
Taylor Houston

Clause I Said So: A Refresher Course On Sentence Types

Take it back to your high school English class with a refresher on clause types.
Dave Reuss

Look Like A Genius Without Actually Being One: Eight Formatting Tips And Tricks

Give your baby the best possible chance out there in the world of publishing: here's an inside look at formatting issues that drive editors crazy.
Stephen Graham Jones


Know your weaknesses as a writer, and then cull them, fix them.
Taylor Houston

Three Comma Rules You Need to Learn Now! NO MORE EXCUSES!

There's comes a point in every writer's life when the excuses for not learning how to use commas correctly simply run out. This is that time. Learn these. Right now. Or else.
Taylor Houston

Sentence, INTERRUPTED! - Five Ways to Interrupt Yourself (Grammatically)

Commas, parentheses, and dashes are just a few ways to interrupt a perfectly good sentence.
Taylor Houston

The Period Part 2 - Dot Dearth: Postponing The Period On Purpose

A continuation of last month's discussion of short sentence lengths. This month we'll explore the merits of the very long sentences.
Jon Gingerich

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

A list of some of the most common grammatical errors that routinely make it into print.
Taylor Houston

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.
Rob Hart

Down With The Double Tap! (Why You Shouldn't Space Twice After Sentences)

Many of us were taught we should insert two spaces after a sentence, but it's the appendix of typography; it serves no purpose and we'd be better off without it. Here's how to break the habit.