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How to Order Your Expressive, Long Adjectives Correctly

Do you like delicious, large, fresh, round, red apples? Or do you prefer crunchy, long, orange, locally grown carrots? Whatever your produce preferences, I bet you don’t like red, large, delicious, fresh, round apples or locally grown, orange, long, crunchy carrots.

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5 Most Common Grammar Mistakes Authors Make When Writing a Book

The process of writing a book isn’t without its challenges. And any author who has ever undertaken the herculean task of writing a book can attest to the irritation and exasperation grammar mistakes can attract.

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Infographic for active vs passive voice. A helpful infographic from Your Dictionary. Perfect for the classroom!

Infographic for active vs passive voice. A helpful infographic from Your Dictionary. Perfect for the classroom!
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Wait … is that a rule? Ten everyday grammar mistakes you might be making

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Help Stop Comma Abuse!

Yes, there are some rules for commas. Some are strict, some aren’t. Some are debated (the Oxford comma), some aren’t. And some commas are just a question of style. I’d like to dra…

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To be or not to be – Why the ‘to be’ verb is not always passive

by Mikhaeyla Kopievsky Ah, the passive voice – much maligned by writers and critics alike. Search the internet for articles on the passive voice and you will find numerous exhortations to avoid it – Lazy writing! Too wordy! Overcomplicated! Yes, the passive voice can be all of these (sometimes). But, sometimes it can be necessary or useful: […]

To be or not to be – Why the ‘to be’ verb is not always passive


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5 Types of Phrasal Adjectives That Require Hyphens

Hyphens, for the most part, have been relieved of their duty to connect prefixes to root words (though many people persist in unnecessarily hyphenating such terms as nonprofit).

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Grammar: Your Secret Writing Weapon

Looking for a way to achieve an edge that will raise your writing to the top of an agent’s or editor’s inbox? Dreaming that your pitches, cover letters, query letters, and actual prose will stand out and be noticed? Just want to be taken more seriously as a writer?

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Indie Authors: Self-Editing Before Getting Your Manuscript Edited

Editing is an important step to publishing, both indie and traditional. A book that is poorly edited can be a big turn off to readers. Bridget McKenna gives an example in her post, “Why I Didn’t Keep Reading Your Book, Part 2“: Your opening sentence demonstrated that you don’t know the difference between “number,” which […]

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The Importance of Imagery

One of the most important styles within literature is to tell and show a story in a creative way. This is called imagery. Imagery is a technique that applies to all of the senses within the human body to describe something realistic: I.e. SIGHT – “It was dark and dim in the forest” TOUCH – […]

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