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Polishing Your Prose: Tips on Grammar, Article & Story Structure, and Self-Editing

This page is no longer current. Please visit the following pages for the most recent postings on this topic:
Polishing Your Prose: Tips on Grammar, Article & Story Structure, and Self-Editing
Writing Dynamic Dialogue (for tips on punctuating dialogue)

Grammar Basics
Avoiding Comma Confusion - Moira Allen
Connect with Conjunctions - Victoria Grossack
Grammar Gaffes and How to Avoid Them - Marg Gilks
Grammar Griping - Victoria Grossack
Grammar Groping - Victoria Grossack
Handling Gerunds (and Their Relatives) - Dawn Copeman
HUMOR: How To Write Really Bad Fiction And Enjoy The Benefits Of Rapid Rejection - Hank Quense
Kill the Adverbs! - Kathleen Ewing
My Sister, Eileen... or My Sister Eileen? Understanding the Apposite Phrase - Moira Allen
The Oxford Comma (an infographic)
Parsing Paragraphs - Victoria Grossack
Pondering Personal Pronouns - Victoria Grossack
Punctuating Dialogue - Marg Gilks
Tense Matters: Verbs in the Past, Present, and Future - Victoria Grossack

Polishing Your Prose
Fewer Words Mean Bigger Bucks - Shaunna Privratsky
Less is More: 15 Quick, Clever and Clean Tricks to Reduce Manuscript Word Count - Devyani Borade
Sensible, Sensitive Sentences - Victoria Grossack
Targeting Enemy Words - Sandra Miller

Five Tips to Writing Great Subheads - Kristina Springer
How to Craft a Great Article, Part I: Structure, Focus, Unity and Flow - Dawn Copeman
How to Craft a Great Article, Part II: Hooks, Leads, and Endings - Dawn Copeman
The Use and Abuse of Dialogue Tags - Anne Marble
Writing for (not by) the Ear - Donnell King
Writing for the General Public: It's Not as Easy as it Sounds - Mary J. Breen

Editing and Proofreading
Becoming Your Own Editor - Moira Allen
Grammar Matters! - Moira Allen (editorial)
What a Good Editor Can Do For You - Patricia Fry
Why You Can't Rely on Your Spellchecker - Jan K. the Proofer

For more information, check our links to:
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Recommended Reading


The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed


Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation


The Elephants of Style: A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and Gray Areas of Contemporary American English

It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences

The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed

On Writing Well

Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose

Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English

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