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It isn't always a pretty sight when one part of speech gets turned into another. more

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Sentences can be large, they can contain multitudes—but not literary litter. more

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If it’s well written, that is. more

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Who did what? If you are writing about people, put them in the sentence. more

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The abbreviation “CBC” is not an acronym. Really. more

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Your prose will flow more smoothly if you narrate things in the order in which they happened. more

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When did we stop living in a place and start being “based” there, as in “Jane Geist, based in Toronto”? more

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Luanne Armstrong interviews Mary Schendlinger on: types of editing, from developmental, structural, to copyediting; writing Geist buys; finding an editor; the term "creative non-fiction." more

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Stop, look and listen before you use the verb to see. more

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Use constructions like these sparingly: “She found herself shouting at him”; “Suddenly I found myself shopping in an X-rated video store.” more

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Close your eyes and freewrite one page. more

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The death of narrative finds its roots in the optical culture of the twentieth century. more

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It may sound sexy, but it isn't—not in a strong narrative, anyway. more

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It isn't always a pretty sight when one part of speech gets turned into another. more

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When it comes to gerunds and participles, less is more. more

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Sometimes sentence fragments are OK. more

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They are different, and they have different uses. more

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The word trump has begun to creep into daily news and conversation. Let's not help it along. 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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