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Regurgitating Grammar Sites

Over the years, people have asked where do I brush up on my grammar? What really is passive voice, show not tell and where or where do you put the comma? Really does it matter?

Yes, it does. You really want an active voice, honesty pick up your favorite fiction books most of them if not all of the books are written in active voice, because let’s face it active voice is just so much more interesting.

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.  ~Anton Chekhov

Showing is just better than telling , because let’s face it we don’t want the author to tell us how the characters are felling. We want to see it on the page.

Commas?

Should we put it a comma before the “and” in a series or not… this is style. Each publisher has a different outlook on commas just as each author does. If all else fails… keep it consistent.  If you add a comma in a series before the “and” then make sure all series commas in your manuscript match.

But please oh please, make sure you place the commas in their proper grammatical location because as the picture dictates above, using a comma can save a life. 🙂

When you fall into questionable areas, here are my go-to, must have grammar sites:

We are all human, just trying to understand our language enough to share a fictional story with the world. Keep it consistent, follow your targeted publisher’s submission requirements and follow your gut. Stay tune for the next regurgitation thought of the day. Happy typing.

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5 Responses to “Regurgitating Grammar Sites”


  1. January 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    And besides preventing lethal occurrences, let’s just remember this as well: good grammar is hot 🙂

  2. January 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    The Chicago Manual of Style has been on my bookshelf forever 🙂 I panic whenever I misplace it.

    I hope I never have to replace it because it’s filled with sticky notes 🙂

    Rita

    • 4 DD
      January 18, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      I have a subscription to CMOS on-line. I know it sounds funny, but sometimes I go to the Q&A section and just read the quesitons and how they are interpreted by the moditators of CMOS. Tooo geeky, I know. 🙂

  3. 5 say
    January 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I am horrific at punctuation, and spelling. One of my rules is: ‘if it sounds as if I need a comma, I probably do’. (Did I just leave a comma out ?)


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