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Grammar Still Matters

In this age of social media, when people post everything from what they ate at their most recent meal to political and social commentary, often in haste and with little regard to spelling and grammar, we may well conclude that … Continue reading

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I am a perfectionist. I know anyone who has seen my messy house would take issue with that statement. I’d better qualify it. I am only a perfectionist when it comes to writing. In all other areas I have too … Continue reading

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Watch Those Participles!

I’m blogging today about a grammatical pet peeve of mine: the misuse of participial phrases. Participles are tricky little devils. They are verb forms used as adjectives. They come in three forms: past, present, and perfect. Past participles most often … Continue reading

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Our Changing Language

#SFWApro Living languages change. Always. That’s just a fact of life. Words change their meaning or drop out of use altogether. New words are added. Sometimes old words that have dropped out are resurrected, perhaps with a new meaning, perhaps … Continue reading

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The Writer As Reader

#SFWApro A question I’m sure most authors get asked from time to time is, “Does being a writer affect the way you read?” The easy answer is that of course it does, in good ways and in bad ways. It … Continue reading

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Does grammar still matter?

#SFWApro It seems to me that in this day of texting and tweeting and Facebook messages we have great communication channels but our language is suffering. People are in too much of a hurry to worry about spelling and grammar, … Continue reading

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Language Matters

I started out writing academic papers and articles, so when I turned from that type of writing to fiction, my sentences tended to be stilted and wordy, and I still have problems along that line from time to time. That’s … Continue reading

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