Apostrophe Dispels Confusion Over Whose vs Who’s

August 15, 2012

Whose commonly confused with who’s A homophone is a word that sounds identical to another word, but whose meaning is different. When you’re talking about whose and who’s, however, they’re not typical homophones because who’s is not a word. The apostrophe identifies it as a contraction for who is, who has, who was, etc. A […]

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Why There Is No Cure for Writer’s Block

August 1, 2012

Writer’s block doesn’t exist “Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work.” ~Wikipedia The “condition” was first described in 1947 by psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler. Since then, countless books have been written and a myriad of theories and coping strategies have been offered […]

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How to Choose Pronouns: Subject or Object?

July 15, 2012

What is a pronoun? A pronoun is a word used to indicate a noun that has already been mentioned or is understood. It is also used to replace a noun or noun phrase to avoid repetition. There are four common types of pronouns: subjective, objective, possessive and reflexive. For the purpose of this post I’ll concentrate […]

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What “Should” Writers Blog About?

July 1, 2012

Why do people read blogs? People read blogs for education, inspiration, entertainment, or to connect with other bloggers. I’ve been blogging for four years and have published posts on a variety of topics. Some posts have shared personal thoughts, poetry or prose. Others have provided writing or grammar tips. I’ve enjoyed writing these posts for […]

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Idiom IQ: Mind Your Ps & Qs

June 15, 2012

“On all occasions next the chair He stands for service of the Mayor And to instruct him how to use His A’s and B’s, and P’s and Q’s.” ~ Charles Churchill (Note that there should not be an apostrophe used in the above quote since these are not being used in the possessive form.) The […]

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Practise Using Affect and Effect

June 1, 2012

Affect versus effect If you’re confused about the difference between affect and effect, you’re not alone. These are two commonly confused words, which have a similar spelling but different definitions. Affect is most often used as a verb. It is defined as having an influence on something. Effect is most often used as a noun. […]

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Quote Me, Quote Me

May 18, 2012

Quotes make a difference I love quotes. They always stir something up within me, whether it’s in agreement or disagreement to what I read. Even the corny, sappy ones that cause you to roll your eyes. You know the ones I mean :) Some quotes really catch my attention and I find myself lost in […]

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A simple explanation about using “that”

May 1, 2012

Pronouns, adjectives and adverbs aside One of the most overused words is that, but did you know that 90 percent of the time it can be left out of a sentence? I have read detailed explanations about how that is used as a pronoun, an adjective or an adverb. Explicit posts outline how that joins an […]

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Using Correct Punctuation with Dialogue

April 14, 2012

Let’s talk about dialogue Writing dialogue is one alternative to a literary technique known as exposition, which can be the “quickest way to kill a plot’s momentum and get your story bogged down in detail.” Dialogue moves the plot forward, providing the opportunity to show through telling. A writer will also use it to develop character. You […]

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Confusing Words: Accept and Except

April 1, 2012

Two commonly confused words The confusion between “accept” and “except” arises from their similar spelling and pronunciation. What is interesting about this is that the meaning of “accept” is the opposite of the meaning of “except.” Accept: A verb, which means “to take” or “receive”; to accept a gift, for example. Or “to agree” or […]

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