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My Favorite Language Resources

Still don’t know what to get your favorite writer or editor for Christmas? Check out this list. Continue reading

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Connecting With Other Writers Online

We learn from the people we hang around with. Herein, some bright writers and helpful writing organizations you can learn from. Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder

Hey, gang. This week’s list is a mishmash of words that struck my fancy. Read on! Groupthink: Decision-making by a group, especially when most of the group accept the decisions without thought or criticism Cosmophobia: An irrational fear that the … Continue reading

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Punctuation Point: The Direct Address Comma

Recently, this cartoon made the rounds of language mavens: The comma rule depicted here is simple: use a comma with the name of a person you are directly addressing. If the name comes first, it is followed by a comma: … Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder: Humor

Lately, I’ve been thinking about humor and the varieties it comes in. My husband has been talking about it on his blog, too, which is what got me started. In general conversation, we tend to use humor labels loosely. But … Continue reading

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Grammar Bite: Compose vs. Comprise

Some writers use “compose” and “comprise” interchangeably. Is that really OK? Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder

OK, weekly is a bit of misnomer here. I fell a little behind due to a severe head cold, so herewith is your “Weekly Vocab Builder…and a Bit More.” Scalawag: a troublemaker, racscal. Hypallage: “reversal of the syntactic relation of … Continue reading

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Understanding a Classic: Fowler’s Modern English Usage

I’ve said before that every writer needs five resources to help her in the writing craft: a dictionary, a thesaurus, a style guide, a usage guide, and resources that offer writing advice. A usage guide helps you determine how specific … Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder: Getting Canned

It’s happened to most of us at one time or another: your company no longer wants you to work for it and it terminates you. But did you ever notice how many different words we use to avoid saying it … Continue reading

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Writing Groups: Eliminate the Isolation

Here in New England, winters can be long, isolating seasons. As a writer, you’re already somewhat isolated: it’s just you and that stupid blinking cursor on the screen, shouting at you that you’ve written nothing, nothing, nothing! Sure, you probably … Continue reading

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