Revisiting Bad Grammar: Weak Verbs

Weak Verbs Weak verbs are probably the worst flaw to correct. For that reason, the best time to tackle them is in editing. While you’re in the midst of writing, the last thing you want to do is slow down your momentum to come up with another word for ‘move,’ and yet that’s exactly what … Continue reading Revisiting Bad Grammar: Weak Verbs

To Beat a Grammarian: Weak Verbs

To Beat a Grammarian: Weak Verbs Weak verbs are probably the worst flaw to correct. For that reason, the best time to tackle them is in editing. While you’re in the midst of writing, the last thing you want to do is slow down your momentum to come up with another word for ‘move,’ and … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Weak Verbs

Top Three Things Planned for 2016

Top Three Things Planned for 2016 In a way, it’s like a over-done New Years Resolution. However, making a list does seem to put the extra, added pressure sometimes to get things done. So here goes. 1) Finish my first series My first goal is to complete the Chewy Noh series I started over a … Continue reading Top Three Things Planned for 2016

To Beat a Grammarian: Miscellaneous Points on Modifiers and Adjective Clauses

To Beat a Grammarian: Miscellaneous Points on Modifiers and Adjective Clauses Now that you’re clear on what modifiers are, let’s look a little more at common mistakes a few authors do with them, beyond the rudimentary ones. Twiddling his fingers, Tom walked over, staring at the baroque art. Truly, there’s only a slight problem with … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Miscellaneous Points on Modifiers and Adjective Clauses

To Beat a Grammarian: Bold Lettering

To Beat a Grammarian: Bold Lettering Wow! Looking in on this one, I was genuinely taken aback. Turns out quite a few of us use this baby wrong, but I can see where the disconnect happens. First off, a word emboldened in text pops out and grabs attention like nothing else, so you think, hey, … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Bold Lettering

To Beat a Grammarian: Dangling Modifiers

To Beat a Grammarian: Dangling Modifiers As a writing teacher to ESL students, I don’t much encounter this problem as often as teachers state-side might. My students follow the patterns they’ve learned extensively and try more for quantity than quality. That being said, I do prep all my students with something my university professor told … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Dangling Modifiers

To Beat a Grammarian: Italics

To Beat a Grammarian: Italics   For the most part, it seems most people know how to use italics, but just in case you don’t, here we go. 1) Emphasis Like many other tools we’ve discussed, italics can emphasize something in writing, usually in the dialogue of characters. Example: she said, “I don’t see why … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Italics

To Beat a Grammarian: Ellipses

To Beat a Grammarian: Ellipses The ellipsis is a handy little tool in a writer’s repertoire, but far too often, it is used incorrectly. Personally, it is one of my favorites, added along next to the dash. It gives a little twang and uniqueness to sentences that any other punctuation mark can’t do—all things in … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Ellipses

To Beat a Grammarian: Colon

To Beat a Grammarian: Colon Unlike other posts, I can firmly say I’ve never had a hankering for the colon. There’s just something about it that feels so cold, so formal—and yet, it’s up in this post’s title. For this reason, I can’t refuse its usefulness. Just saying, other punctuation marks rank higher in my … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Colon