Category Archives: Writing Tips

The Proper Use of “Lay” and Lie”

I received an email from a reader asking me to clarify the usage of “Lay” versus “Lie”.  For some reason people have trouble with these two pesky words. In truth it is simple to keep them straight if you remember … Continue reading

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Writers: Eliminating Wordiness

I recently did a blog post on being wordy and word choices. I found this great article buried over at the Ball State University JD Writing Center. Although very simple, I think that ties into my orginal post and completes … Continue reading

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Writing is a series of Choices

Writing is a series of choices. As you work on your manuscript you choose your subject, your approach, and your sources. Then when it is time to write you choose the words that will express your ideas and decide how … Continue reading

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So, you want to write a good paragraph

Most authors write a paragraph and really don’t think about it. The bottom line is that is how it should be (Automatic, to the point, clear and complete). But, what are the characteristics of a good paragraph? That is what … Continue reading

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Comma-on Comma Usage!

I was recently editing a memoir for a client and I had some questions about comma usage. I found an article on the internet that explained everything I needed to know. I am constantly amazed how easy it is to … Continue reading

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Word’s to Confuse III

We are going to continue on the subject of words that confuse. This time Ensure, Assure and Insure take center stage. Of course, the first point to make is that all of these are verbs and have the general meaning … Continue reading

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Words to Confuse II

This time around we continue to look at words that confuse. I see this mistake all the time. When to use “to” or “too”? These two words are called homophones and are included with other pairs such as your/you’re, buy/by, … Continue reading

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