HUNTING THE “WORD OF THE DAY”

HUNTING THE “WORD OF THE DAY”

Whenever I start to edit one of my novels, I’m always interested to see what my word of the day will be. These are those go-to words and phrases that I seem to use over and over in a writing session. Usually, it’s a small word like “just,” “up,” or “down”; modifiers...
COMMA SUTRA – POSITION FOUR

COMMA SUTRA – POSITION FOUR

Time to attempt to master another comma position in line editing: between adjectives. When using adjectives to describe a noun in sentences, at times you will need commas between them, at times you will not, and at times there will be commas between some of them but...
THE COMMA SUTRA – POSITION THREE

THE COMMA SUTRA – POSITION THREE

Position Three of the Comma Sutra in line editing addresses the commas which should occur between two, three, or more (though I wouldn’t recommend too many more) independent clauses in sentences. Usually, these independent clauses are connected by and, but, or or one...
THE COMMA SUTRA – POSITION TWO

THE COMMA SUTRA – POSITION TWO

Today we’ll tackle the intuitive comma in line editing. The one you really can only know is missing by reading your words out loud. I know, I know – reading out loud is a pain in the backside and embarrassing, especially if your kids have their friends over, but it is...
THE COMMA SUTRA – POSITION ONE

THE COMMA SUTRA – POSITION ONE

The “Comma Sutra” posts were by far the most popular on my first blog, so I thought I’d repeat this one originally posted on September 1, 2012. The comma so perplexes me in writing and line editing that I think a whole book could be written on the topic. It is used in...