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How to Use Quotation Marks Properly and When to Use Them

How to Use Quotation Marks Properly and When to Use Them

By on Jul 4, 2016 in Grammar, Writing Tips

Quotation marks can be single ‘or double “. Using them often seems pretty easy – and many writers don’t feel the need to check whether they are using them properly. However, there are situations when you know you need to use quotation marks, but you don’t know the correct way to use them. Fear not, however, because below we have presented the right way to use...

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4 Grammar Mistakes That Are Costing You Readers

4 Grammar Mistakes That Are Costing You Readers

By on Feb 2, 2016 in Grammar, Writing Tips

Grammar mistakes seem easy to spot in a short story, novel, a blog, or an article. But, there are some sneaky grammar mistakes that might slip through during the editing process. Some of them can be quite jarring to the readers – so much so that they might begin to think of you as a beginner, or a writer who isn’t professional enough to properly edit their work....

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How to Use Transitive and Intransitive Verbs Correctly in your Stories

How to Use Transitive and Intransitive Verbs Correctly in your Stories

By on Aug 14, 2015 in Grammar, Writing Tips

If you’re writing a story for the first time (or if you’ve been writing for a long time but still feel the need for a refresher), grammar is an ideal starting point for improvement. A common area writers get confused about is learning the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs correctly. Understanding the proper way of using these two kinds of verbs in...

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5 Words That Sound Like Words But Are Not

By on Feb 5, 2015 in Grammar, Writing Tips

The English language, by design, is full of words that don’t really exist but were forced into existence through popular use. Dictionaries take this into account and will include new words in their updates, or mark certain ones as non-standard but acceptable. However, the Internet has accelerated the rate in which non-existent words are adopted, resulting in a lot...

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How to Use Commas the Right Way

By on Jan 9, 2015 in Grammar, Writing Tips

The comma is mostly used, in many languages and contexts, to separate parts of a sentence like clauses, items in lists, and to offset nonessential clauses. As such, the comma is most often misused in writing. The improper use of the comma makes the writer seem uneducated and discredits his or her writings. Below are some of the rules for using commas the right way....

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5 Types of Nouns and How to Use Them in Your Novels

By on Dec 10, 2014 in Grammar, Writing Tips

Nouns are a key element in every novel. Without them you don’t have a story. Nouns, by definition, are words that describe places, people, objects, feelings. They are also a powerful tool in a writer’s arsenal for creating stories that pull the reader in, take them on a ride and don’t let go. In general, nouns can be simple, like fruit, or more descriptive, like...

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