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Writing Glitch #609

Today’s second glitch: Aside from a handful of pronouns (his, hers, its, theirs, ours), possessives require apostrophes. Now, I’m a sci-fi/fantasy writer as well as an editor of same, so I freely admit the possibility of more than one world … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #608

Today’s first glitch: A compound sentence requires a comma before the conjunction. I was recently reminded (by a comment on this blog) that some writers may not even know what a compound sentence is. (First movie quote that comes to … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #607

Today’s glitch: I dislike exclamation points in narration, and most readers (and literary agents, acquisitions editors from publishing houses, and so forth) don’t like them, either. An exclamation point in narration is a blatant “telling” device, since it tells the … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #606

Today’s glitch: At first, I wasn’t sure what this one was trying to say about the POV character. Is this person an expert time traveler, or an expert on time travelers? This shows (again) why word order matters, because the … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #605

Today’s second glitch: Change 5 to five and don’t hyphenate five minutes. (The only time to hyphenate five-minute — notice the lack of an s at the end — is when it is used as a compound adjective: She gave … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #604

Today’s first glitch: This is how it ought to look: A new prison system is created in which, instead of being sent to jail, prisoners are sent into specially chosen books.  

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Writing Glitch #603

Today’s second glitch: *sigh* ‘Nother comma splice… I don’t know why so many writers think these are correct. He put his arms in a boxing stance. Who knew the Angel of Death would be such a sore loser? Notice that … Continue reading

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