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Grammar 101: The Curious Case of “Nor”

May 28th, 2015

English can be a very confusing and contradictory language with all of its rules and innumerable exceptions. As a result, it is not uncommon for people to over-correct their grammar, misusing “myself” or “I” when just regular old “me” will do. And the same can be said about how to use “nor” correctly.

Grammar 101: Punctuating Do’s and Don’ts

May 19th, 2015

In addition to word choice, word order and spelling, another area of grammar that deserves your attention is punctuation. Using the right punctuation marks in the right context can dramatically elevate your writing to another level… and using punctuation incorrectly can equally detract from your writing too. What happens when the do’s and don’t of […]

Freelance Rates: Negotiate or Hold Your Ground?

May 14th, 2015

I don’t do very much active marketing or cold-calling for my freelance writing business. The majority of my clients find me online. Some find me via the content I write on other websites, some come by way of referrals, and some discover my services through social media and search engines. For the most part, they […]

Grammar 101: Supine vs. Prone Position

May 12th, 2015

With a great number of posts in the Grammar 101 series, I discuss pairs of words that people may get confused for whatever reason. More often than not, the word pairs are homophones (words that sound the same) and at least one of the words is rarely found in casual writing. Today’s entry is a […]

Grammar 101: Immoral vs. Amoral

May 7th, 2015

The English language contains many prefixes meant to indicate some form of negation. While it may appear that many of these are roughly equivalent, they may offer slightly different interpretations. You may be unable (adjective) to perform, but you can disable (adverb) a machine. Even though they both use the root word able, “unable” and […]

Sunday Snippet: Richard Ford on Writing

May 3rd, 2015

View image | “Writing for a living is a privilege, not a God-given right, as opportunities are few, but sought after by many. There are years of rejection that serve as a crude winnowing process, after which those left standing are those who simply must write.” Many moons before even the possibility of a […]

Grammar 101: Aisle and Isle

April 23rd, 2015

It never ceases to amaze me how many of these Grammar 101 posts are inspired by status updates on Facebook. Today is no exception. Now, it’s important to note that I’m not faulting any of my Facebook friends for making such errors, per se, so long as they endeavor to avoid making the same mistakes […]

Grammar 101: A Nervous Tick

April 17th, 2015

Having an automatic spell checking utility built into your web browser, app or mobile device can be a very helpful thing. It can help you catch those random errors and typos that you may make. It can also give you a false sense of confidence that you are spelling your words correctly. This is perhaps […]