Writing 4.4 – Breaking the Rules

You’ve probably heard people say “You have to know the rules before you can break them.” For a long time I wasn’t sure what that meant, not until I realized I had been doing exactly that. Here are some rules about breaking rules.

Writing 4.2 – Writest and Wrongest

Do you know the difference between farther and further? Between like and such as? Do you know the differences with ’til and till and until? Do you know what’s wrong with telling me your character “lied”? If not, have a seat. You’ve got some learning to do.

Writing 3.9 – Quotes, Italics, and Underlines

There are several reasons why many writers are confused about when a title should be quoted, italicized, or underlined.  One reason is generational, meaning that some writers who are younger are at a disadvantage – or my advanced age provides me with an advantage.  What you might not know is that two of those three options…

Writing 3.1 – “He said, she said”

  I recently received a rather unexpected comment on something I had written, and I think I did a good job of responding politely.  Like most writers, I greatly look forward to comments, either positive or negative.  Naturally, we like the positive nods because it means, usually, we did something well.  I pause with usually…

Language Pet Peeves

Reblogged partly from my very first post, because you never saw it. ________________________________________ There are a few phrases that people are constantly using that are just plain wrong, and that may or may not be their fault.  However, what really bugs me is when I try to tell them how to fix it, but they…

– ima be ima be saying

There was this headline today on Yahoo!news that linked to a Redbook magazine story about parenting:             “Should mom be selling girl scout cookies for her daughter?” Why “be selling”?  What is wrong with “Should mom sell Girl Scout cookies for her daughter?” There’s a growing, and annoying, prevalence of “be” in language, and I’m…