Ever lost time humming and hawing over a comma? Or simply wished 'further' and 'farther' were more straightforward? Or wanted to investigate how a truly great novel describes its setting? Since July last year, I've indulged my inner writing geek and tackled these … [Read more...] about Could I help you write? My Big Blog Directory
It’s October 2019. I’m applying to university. I’m filled with anticipation, excitement, and no shortage of nerves. A few weeks later, I receive a response—I’ve been offered a place at university. A bunch of nerves subside, and even more anticipation and excitement fills their … [Read more...] about From tighter prose to cooler novel openings: More Awesome Writing Lessons I Learned in 2020
Over the past few weeks we’ve been dashing and colon-ing and semicolon-ing. But we’ve been doing them all separately. A direct comparison between those punctuation marks seemed to be missing. If I had a sentence where all three of them seemed to work, which one should I choose? … [Read more...] about Dash, Colon, Semicolon—which is right for my sentence?
There a three punctuation marks that look like a dash: The hyphen - The EN dash – The EM dash — … [Read more...] about Hyphens, EN dashes, and EM dashes. What’s the difference? And how do you type each of them?
Grammarly.com compares dashes to Swiss army knives. They can stand in for commas, colons, and parentheses, as well as doing jobs of their own. There are, however, two things that unite everything dashes do: they interrupt, and they demand attention. When they’re used instead of … [Read more...] about Oh, dash!