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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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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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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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A simple sentence is a whole sentence. A sentence fragment isn’t. A run-on sentence is not necessarily long. more

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At Geist, we’ve got issues with issues. more

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The judge lay down for a nap, then she got up and laid down the law. Or did she? more

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When writing dialogue, you don't have to keep changing the verb and adding stage business. That stuff only slows down the story. What the characters say is the strongest element, so stick with that and keep things moving. more

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Cheese Danish Writers’ Circle, Bellingham WA

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