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Banish comma confusion for good: Take this comma quiz

If commas confuse you, you’re not alone. Like many writers, you might play a guessing game: I'm pretty sure that’s right, you might think, as you pop a comma somewhere in a sentence. Or echoes of English teachers ring in your ears: Use a comma where you naturally pause, whispers Mrs.O’Leary or Mr. Radnor. But… Read More

9 reasons writers need websites

  Writers need websites, end of story. No matter what kind of writer you are—a novelist, a non-fiction book writer, a freelance writer, or even a brand-new writer without a clue—you need a website. Why? Before I get into the why, let me discuss the what. A static website is a site that rarely changes… Read More

15 divine devices to drastically improve your writing

Want to inject some razzle and dazzle and a little anaphora into your writing? If your writing seems dull and lifeless, maybe all it needs is a lovely little literary device cleverly placed to keep your reader interested and excited. Well, it’s not a new tech gadget or a cool app. A literary device is… Read More

Are -ing words really that bad?

A reader sent in a question that goes like this: “OK, you said no question was stupid. So, I have been told not to use ing words in fiction writing because it is not the right tense. Why?” Have you heard this advice? Have you wondered about it? We use words that end in -ing all… Read More

How to focus on writing: 5 tips that work

“The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.” —Alan Dean Foster If you’re like most writers, staying focused isn't your strong point. You start the novel, and you lose momentum. You want to get back to it, but you don’t. You hit a rough patch with your blog, and you get… Read More