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The Difference Between Hyphens and Dashes

Think hyphens and dashes are the same thing? Think again, dear ones. Hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes each have their unique uses.

Think hyphens and dashes are the same thing? Think again, dear ones. Hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes each have their unique uses.

The Complex World of Hyphens

The hyphen is such a simple character, but the rules for its use are maddeningly complex. Here are some rules of thumb.

The hyphen is such a simple character, but the rules for its use are maddeningly complex. Here are some rules of thumb.

Internal Dialogue

Internal dialogue can reveal character and create tension. But knowing how to recognize it and format it can be tricky.

Internal dialogue can reveal character and create tension. But knowing how to recognize it and format it can be tricky.

Semicolons: The Punctuation We Love to Hate

Although much maligned and misused, semicolons serve a valuable purpose in writing. They provide clarity and show relationships. Here’s how to use them.

Although much maligned and misused, semicolons serve a valuable purpose in writing. They provide clarity and show relationships. Here’s how to use them.

Italics and Punctuation

Knowing when to use italics can be confusing enough. Understanding how it affects the punctuation at the end of a sentence can be trickier.

Knowing when to use italics can be confusing enough. Understanding how it affects the punctuation at the end of a sentence can be trickier.

Genericized Trademarks

Are you using genericized trademarks without realizing it? Some brand names commonly genercized might surprise you. Some are still legally protected.

Are you using genericized trademarks without realizing it? Some brand names commonly genercized might surprise you. Some are still legally protected.

Writing Contest: Writers’ Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Writer’s Digest is now accepting entries for their 23rd annual Self-Published Book Awards contest. If you’ve self-published a book in the last year or so, you might want to consider entering this writing contest. The grand prize winner gets $8,000 in cash, a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference, a guaranteed review in Midwest Book … Continue reading “Writing Contest: Writers’ Digest Self-Published Book Awards”