All About Ellipses

Three dots. Dot, dot, dot. What could be simpler? Then why do those dots make so many writers dotty? The rules for use of ellipses are not as simple as they seem. But they are manageable.

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The Editorial Process

Excellent article that explains the process at publishing houses. It also points out the challenges of getting error-free text.

http://www.novelrocket.com/2012/04/editorial-process-by-steve-laube.html

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A Quiz About Compressing Accordion Sentences

Brisk, lively writing requires attending to phrasing that slows readers down and or trips them up. Be vigilant about finding ways to make sentences less wordy and more direct. Firm up these five flabby sentences, and compare your revisions with mine.

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Cec Murpheys Writer to Writer: Common Problems Part 44 of 50

Watch the use of would. The helping verb refers to usual action. Once you make it clear that you refer to something that’s frequent, you don’t need to use it again.

Cec Murpheys Writer to Writer: Common Problems Part 44 of 50.

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Cec Murpheys Writer to Writer: Common Problems Part 40 of 50

Avoid starting sentences with “it was” or “there was.”

Cec Murpheys Writer to Writer: Common Problems Part 40 of 50.

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Do you have Kindle ADD?

Do you have Kindle ADD? Adam Blumer I Meaningful Suspense.

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Editorial Feedback – Not Just Static

by Tamela Hancock Murray As Steve Laube pointed out the other day in his post The Stages of Editorial Grief receiving a tough edit can make a writer

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