Avoiding He Said & She Said

Avoiding He Said & She Said

Do you really need to use "he said" and "she said" after every bit of dialogue? Actually, no. You have other options like not using a dialogue tag at all, or showing who’s talking by action outside dialogue. We examine the options in this article.

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Using Anastrophe and Hyperbaton

Using Anastrophe and Hyperbaton

If you’re like me, you love learning about literary devices and how to use them. I was in a literary forum recently where someone posted, "What’s the difference between Anastrophe and Hyperbaton?" Frankly, I had to look them up. If you're like me, this article is for you.

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10 Writing Issues that Your Grammar Checker is Missing

10 Writing Issues that Your Grammar Checker is Missing

An editing tool checks for writing issues that go far beyond mere grammar problems.

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FREE EBOOK: 20 Editing Tips from Professional Writers

FREE EBOOK: 20 Editing Tips from Professional Writers

This practical guide contains 20 important writing tips and techniques from a wide range of professional writers. Some focus on the minutia of specific word selection; others focus on the more complex ideas like finding the right metaphor, policing your work for Purple Prose, or figuring out when it’s time to send it off to potential publishers.

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3 Surprising Grammatical Contradictions

3 Surprising Grammatical Contradictions

In the English language, rules are made to be broken. Here's a post for all the grammatical lawbreakers out there.

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Is This the Right Way to Use a Semicolon? And Other Punctuational Concerns

Is This the Right Way to Use a Semicolon? And Other Punctuational Concerns

You can't use a screwdriver to hammer a nail. Likewise, you can't use a semicolon to introduce a list. Here's how to use your grammatical tools the right way.

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Is it “Mambo No. 5” or “Mambo No. Five”?

Is it “Mambo No. 5” or “Mambo No. Five”?

On the surface, writing with numbers is a simple rule: *write out numbers between zero and nine*. However — as it is with all grammar — as you dig, the layers get complicated.

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Why be Perpendicular When You Can be Parallel?

Why be Perpendicular When You Can be Parallel?

Parallel structure is a vital tool for all writers. When structure is parallel, the reader’s flow is uninterrupted. When structure is perpendicular, the reader is thrown off and the content weakened. Learn how to keep your structure straight.

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Does It Sound Right?

Does It Sound Right?

We could spend every waking moment learning grammar rules and still not have them all mastered. And that would leave zero time to actually write anything. Luckily for each of us, there’s a surefire way to avoid learning the majority of grammar rules while still adhering to them.

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In Defense of Passive Voice

In Defense of Passive Voice

Is passive voice always bad? Maybe not. Here are a few instances where you might want to use it.

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