Category Archives: Writing and Note Taking

From Amazon- a Change That Hurts Authors – by Douglas Preston – NYT

LAST March, Amazon quietly changed the way it sells books. An obscure and seemingly harmless modification to its website has opened the door for some third-party sellers to deceive Amazon’s customers by selling books as “new” that may not come … Continue reading

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Authors: How to Get Your LCCN (Library of Congress Number) | Author U

“The wise author applies for the LCCN before the book is printed.(Library of Congress Catalog Control Number) lccn One question that most authors don’t know to ask is, “How do I get the LCCN?” What’s a LCCN? Good question—it’s the … Continue reading

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punctuation – Why does the multi-paragraph quotation rule exist? – English Language & Usage Stack Exchange

The answer to this question clearly explains the standard rule that when you have multiple quoted paragraphs, each new paragraph starts with an opening quotation mark, but only the final quoted paragraph has a closing quotation mark at its end. … Continue reading

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‘Try and’ vs. ‘Try to’ (Video) | Merriam-Webster

When you’re not sure which is right, try to remember to use ‘try to.’ Source: ‘Try and’ vs. ‘Try to’ (Video) | Merriam-Webster

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Placement of “Also” in Sentence | Technical Writing Tips for the Oil Patch

“Placement of “Also” in SentenceThe word “also” means “too” or “in addition.” Normally, the word “also” goes before a simple past or present tense verb, but goes after the verb “to be” and any auxiliary or modal verbs.Examples:The well may … Continue reading

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Professor Gibson’s “Making Words Work: A Guide to Grammar and Usage”

Hello. Welcome to Professor Malcolm Gibson’s Wonderful World of Words — a.k.a. “Making Words Work” — the world of writing, editing, grammar and usage as it is preached and practiced by Malcolm Gibson, a former newspaper editor professing journalism at … Continue reading

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Attribution

 Said: “Said” is the best word of attribution most of the time.  That’s because it has no connotations.  All other words of attribution carry some additional, usually editorial, meaning. They are appropriate only if that additional meaning is proper and … Continue reading

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He Said, She Said: Stephen King’s Advice on Dialogue Tags | sairyou.me

“I think we all agree that dialogue tags are necessary for readers to know who’s talking. But writers are divided in how we use them: Some, including Raymond Carver, simply use “he said,…” Source: He Said, She Said: Stephen King’s … Continue reading

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Understanding Hyphens and Dashes (Microsoft Word 7 and above)

Word supports the use of both hyphens and dashes. Actually, it supports three types of hyphens and two types of dashes. It is important to understand how Word handles each of these as they can affect the appearance of your … Continue reading

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Google Captcha (reCAPTCHA) by BestWebSoft — WordPress Plugins

“Google Captcha (reCaptcha) plugin is an effective security solution that protects your WordPress website forms from spam entries while letting real people pass through with ease. It can be used for login, registration, password recovery, comments, popular contact forms, and … Continue reading

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