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Suppose the English Language Died…

Editors vs. Writers, The English Language, and Pulitzers Suppose the English language died. Who would be left to save it? It’s not so crazy a concept. We’ve already set ourselves on that bumpy road spiraling downward into a grand canyon of sentence hackers, modifier kidnappers, and members of the anti-spellcheck alliance. Does anyone care about…

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A-Z Writer’s Tips for Aspiring & Published Authors

26 Writer’s Tips No Matter What You Write   Associate yourself with other writers. Join a critique group. Be a storyteller at heart. Create story arc with things that challenge the main character: Oh, Oh my, Oh dear, Oh no, Oh yes! Decide whose story it is. Educate yourself. Hone your craft. Never stop learning.…

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Get Rid of Writer’s Block Once and For All: What Do Wine, Composting & William Stafford All Have in Common?

Writer’s Block. The mere words fall like a dead weight on a writer’s psyche, having sent many a published author in search of the bottle, or worse. The psychological inhibition has even inspired an entire line of Writer’s Block wines from Noonji Estates in Australia and Steele Wines in Kelseyville, CA—all ten varieties under $16.…

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Is Proofreading & Editing Expensive?

The cost of getting it right vs. getting it wrong. Here’s why we’ll always need editing and proofreading.   Imagine–paying for printing, mailing, etc. only to discover that a single misplaced punctuation mark completely changed the intent of your message! Or an embarrassing spelling error wasn’t caught and makes it to your entire client list!…

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Earth Day: Technology Trouble and Green Guilt

YA author Bonnie J. Doerr’s take on going green, Earth Day, and the writing process   As an author of eco-mystery adventures, it’s a treat to be Precise Proofing’s guest blogger in celebration of Earth Day. Even though blogs began appearing in the 1990s, a period that seems like yesterday, I only entered the blogosphere…

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Hyphens for Dummies (Easy Tips to Avoid Confusion)

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate–that is the question. The use of hyphens tends to bring up a lot of controversy from time to time, and it is possibly one of the most overused (or underused) punctuation marks. Here’s a quickie refresher on hyphen use. 1. Hyphenated Compounds vs. Open and Closed Compounds According to…

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Business Contracts: Comma Drama—Is A Comma Really Significant?

Don’t let your contract fall victim to comma drama.   Even in contracts, some consider the comma to be an insignificant mark of punctuation—barely worth noticing, emitting merely a pause in a sentence preceding a continued thought. According to Merriam-Webster, a comma is defined as a punctuation mark, used especially as a mark of separation…

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