Is THAT Necessary? Sometimes.

One of my crutch words is the word THAT. When I’m editing a story, THAT is on my Search and Destroy list. But sometimes it’s needed. Here’s how to decide.

One of my crutch words is the word THAT. When I’m editing a story, THAT is on my Search and Destroy list. But sometimes it’s needed. Here’s how to decide.

United States OR America

Do you use the word America to describe only the United States? Then it may be time for a history lesson.

Do you use the word America to describe only the United States? Then it may be time for a history lesson.

Info Dumping

The pacing in your story is critical. Info dumping can bring it to a screeching halt. Here’s how to balance pacing with information.

The pacing in your story is critical. Info dumping can bring it to a screeching halt. Here’s how to balance pacing with information.

One Space or Two

Those of us who grew up typing on typewriters were trained to put two spaces after a period. Times have changed, dear ones. Do keep up.

Those of us who grew up typing on typewriters were trained to put two spaces after a period. Times have changed, dear ones. Do keep up.

Using Names in Dialogue

Getting dialogue right can be tricky. But overuse of names can cause writing to sound awkward and slow pacing.

Getting dialogue right can be tricky. But overuse of names can cause writing to sound awkward and slow pacing.

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.