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Jen Matera

in Articles, Commonly Confused

Commonly Confused: Nauseated and Nauseous

Nauseated and Nauseous   Conversation overheard between a snarky editor and her victi—er, author: “Ugh. All these changes! I swear you make me nauseous!” “I make you able to cause nausea? Sweet! I am all-powerful!” “No, jerk, you make me sick.” “Grammatically speaking, then, I make you nauseated.” “Fine. Whatever. You make me nauseated.” “Cool! Now I’m nauseous!” As far as grammar is concerned, the...

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01 Jun 2015
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Divas Rec: #WW Writer Problems 6-10

Divas Recommend: “#WW Writer Problems 6-10” By Shannon A. Thompson Last month, I recommended the first part of this article, “#WW Writer Problems 1-5,” by Shannon A. Thompson, to our readers because she speaks our language—except she’s way funnier than I am and she makes cool graphics. Her article pokes fun at our quirks and highlights the “problems” only other authors will understand. So when...

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21 May 2015
in Articles, On Dialogue

Dialogue Tags, Part II

Dialogue Tags, Part II In my earlier article, Dialogue Tag Primer, we looked at the basics of punctuating dialogue tags, some commonly accepted rules to what constitutes a dialogue tag and what is a creative tag, and the challenge to generally use fewer tags in your writing. In this segment, we’ll talk more in depth about some other types of punctuation, how the placement of...

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11 May 2015
Commonly Confused: Three Common Pairs
in Articles, Commonly Confused

Commonly Confused: Three Common Pairs

Commonly Confused: Three Common Pairs   Imply and Infer: Imply and infer are commonly confused because, while they don’t really sound alike, their meanings are tied together like two halves of a whole. Similar to give and take or teach and learn, imply and infer are opposite sides of the same situation. A speaker, writer, or other information-giver implies something that a reader, listener, or...

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06 May 2015
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Divas Rec: #WW Writer Problems 1-5

Divas Recommend: “#WW Writer Problems 1-5” By Shannon A. Thompson   Have you ever been working on something and saved it, like, a million times—yet you’re still riddled with anxiety that the minute you close the file, all will be lost? No? Ha, lucky you! For the neurotic rest of us, “#WW Writer Problems 1-5,” by Shannon A. Thompson, speaks our language.  This humorous yet truthful look...

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30 Apr 2015
in Articles, On Dialogue

Dialogue Tag Primer

Dialogue Tag Primer Sometimes it’s good to just get back to the basics when it comes to writing, so I decided to tackle an area that has some set rules and yet also some guidelines or schools of thought that can vary. Dialogue tags fall into this category because while capitalization and punctuation around a dialogue tag is generally rule-driven, what constitutes a dialogue tag...

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20 Apr 2015
in Articles, On Editing

What Stops Me In My Tracks When I’m Reading?

What Stops Me In My Tracks When I’m Reading? As I’ve said before, I read a lot. Not nearly as much as I’d like—and much of what I read is unpublished manuscripts—but there is little that makes me happier than relaxing with a book that whisks me away to an exciting new world, a future time, or a distant land. You see, the life of...

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15 Apr 2015
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Divas Rec: 3 Grammar Gremlins That Sometimes Sneak into Our Writing

Divas Recommend: “3 Grammar Gremlins That Sometimes Sneak into Our Writing” by C. S. Lakin   I am most comfortable when I am copy editing—that is where I began as an editor—and no matter what type of edit I’m working on, I’m happiest when I’m sifting through the technicalities that are involved with grammar. Grammar is black and white, it’s right or it’s wrong, for...

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09 Apr 2015
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Divas Rec: Top Ten Grammar Myths by Grammar Girl

Divas Recommend: “Top Ten Grammar Myths” by Mignon Fogarty aka Grammar Girl I love Grammar Girl! Mignon Fogarty is one of my favorite go-to bloggers when I’m stuck and need a quick answer… and I’m too frazzled to search through CMoS (Chicago Manual of Style) to find it. Her section on Grammar at Quick and Dirty Tips is bookmarked on my laptop for easy reference....

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02 Apr 2015
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