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Ask an editor: Contractions in a novel manuscript


Susan writes: I believe if you use contractions in a manuscript, consistency demands using them in both dialog and narrative. A fellow writer was told by an editor to use contractions in dialog but not narrative. I’ve scoured CMS but … Continue reading

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Don’t fear contractions


Are you still fearful of using contractions? Don’t be. They have a long and storied history. For more, see my article “Contractions and how not to abuse ‘em.” (Hat tip to Ray Ward.)

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What’s happening on the blogroll


A few posts from the Friends of Writing, Clear and Simple: Nancy Friedman has found some delightfully punny business and blog names. Wordplay isn’t a requirement for a successful name; most of the time, in fact, attempts at punning fall … Continue reading

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