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Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Now that the lack of a serial comma in a state law has famously caused an appeals court in Maine, USA, to rule against a large company—potentially leading to a multimillion-dollar large settlement—do you stand by your policy of omitting that comma? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

The question [Which is correct: “Ted asked me to come over” or “Ted asked me to go over”? February 1, 2017] isn’t just about direction of movement, it’s about indirect dialogue. more

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I’m wondering what your thoughts are about the role of facts in an essay, both historically and currently, and how much truth matters in an essay. more

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Who is responsible for marketing a book? more

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What is the plural of McDonald’s? Everything I try looks wrong, and online search results are far from unanimous. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Please settle my bet with a friend. Which is correct: “Ted asked me to come over” or “Ted asked me to go over”? There’s ten bucks riding on your answer. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Am I going about writing the wrong way or am I just perverse? I finally got an arts grant to finish my collection, but I'm miserable. I don’t like most of what I write and I stare into space and feel lazy and guilty. Any advice? more

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Why has the perfectly good noun "gift" been twisted into use as a verb, replacing the perfectly good verb "give"? more

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What should a writer do when a magazine editor makes editorial errors? more

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Which is correct: “replaced by” or “replaced with”? more

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Doesn’t the word "oversight," which has two opposite meanings, cause misunderstandings? more

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How can academic writers apply your advice to keep prose simple and direct? more

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Can you recommend a good dictionary and thesaurus? more

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Are book publishers as smart as your Advice to the Lit-Lorn column implies all the time? Paul Beatty's Booker-winning satirical novel, The Sellout, was turned down by eighteen publishers before finding a home! more

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Are the words fictional and fictitious interchangeable? If so, why do we need both? more

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Is the creative writing workshop a good way to learn to write? more

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Is it flak or flack? I looked it up in two dictionaries and they disagree. Why? more

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Am I paranoid, or is my agent trying to hurry me up on my second book? more

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When there’s more than one adjective before a noun, does it matter what order they’re in? more

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Have you got any tips for a first-timer applying for an arts council writing grant? more

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ADVICE FOR THE LIT-LORN
WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

Now that the lack of a serial comma in a state law has famously caused an appeals court in Maine, USA, to rule against a large company—potentially leading to a multimillion-dollar large settlement—do you stand by your policy of omitting that comma?

—Judy in Port Moody (BC) (seriously)

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