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I was surprised by this request. Honestly, I never really knew so many people even thought about the humble em dash. But here you go, a request on how to use it. Onward... What the--? The em dash (or em-dash) is used to set apart a parenthetical phrase or clauses in a sentence. In this … Continue reading Copy editor’s Corner: Using the Em Dash
Writing effective dialog can be one of the most daunting tasks the aspiring--and professional--author can tackle. There are two reasons for this. Reason 1: Dialog needs to convey appropriate information. In other words, it needs to actually do something and have a purpose for existing. This, in fact, is usually not an issue for most … Continue reading Copy Editor’s Corner: Using Speech Tags
I've been giving some thought to doing a blogging series on the most common grammatical errors I encounter in the manuscripts I edit--sort of a way to help new writers avoid the same old errors. That being said, I'm going to try and get one lesson out per week sometime on the weekend (work permitting). … Continue reading Copy Editor’s Corner: Using the Semicolon