Tag: copy editing

When and When Not to Hyphenate

Do you know why high-heeled shoes get a hyphen, but running shoes do not? Why the president-elect gets a hyphen, but the vice president elect does not? What if I told you that the white-and-gold dress was also blue and black? Some people think hyphenating is random, that whatever looks right is right. Sorry, but no. We have rules. We can’t just let people hyphenate all over the place, willy-nilly. But I’ve got your back. I’ll walk you through this.

Quick Reference Guide to Punctuating Dialogue in Fiction

For those of you who find yourselves either without a style guide, or too busy writing the next great American novel to get bogged down in the nit-picky details, I made you a handy-dandy, quick-reference chart for punctuating dialogue in fiction. Since most fiction is written in Chicago style (CMOS), that’s the style I used.

To cut or not to cut? Use this editing trick to decide.

I learned this editing trick years ago, and still use it today to help me decide whether or not to cut a line, a scene, or whatever. In your manuscript, mouse over and highlight the text in question. Then . . .

Avoid these 7 writing mistakes by listening.

  We writers refer to our writing personalities as voice, because readers “hear” us when they read our words. For the same reason, many of our writing mistakes can be corrected by simply listening to our own voices. With our ears. You can write every word,…

More tips for flat-broke indie authors

You know you need these professional services, but you’re broke. Never fear; I’m here for you. If you can’t afford to pay for professional services, consider the following.

Free Online Courses for Serious Writers

Dear Writers: I know you’re broke. Ain’t no shame. And I know you have to write. It’s in your bones. If you can’t afford any fancy-shmancy writing seminar or college classes, how will you ever write well enough to sell anything? I’m here for you with a list of free, online, university-level writing courses.

FAQs on Punctuating Dialogue in Fiction

If you write fiction, you want to bookmark this blog for reference. And if you don’t find the answers you need here, feel free to ask your questions in the comment section, and I will answer.

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