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

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If it’s well written, that is. Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sometimes sentence fragments are OK. Read more

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They are different, and they have different uses. Read more

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

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

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

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