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05/28/2014

Metaphors and Similes

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Let’s face it: much of what we write can be pretty dull. Authors often use metaphors and similes to spice up their sentences when writing fiction—and you can, too.

So, is there a big difference between a metaphor and a simile? No, not really. Both are ways of comparing one thing to another. The difference is that similes usually incorporate the words “as” or “like,” while metaphors do not.

Here are some examples of similes:

Bubba is as tenacious as a gator with a possum ’tween its teeth.

Margo has a personality like a storm front.

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03/31/2014

The “I” vs. “Me” Dilemma

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The “I” vs. “Me” Dilemma

Every minute of every day, someone, somewhere is uttering a sentence with an incorrect pronoun. This tragedy can be avoided using a simple technique for choosing whether to use “I” or “me.”

Let’s look at some examples. It’s not difficult to communicate your fondness for retail therapy by saying,

“I love to relax by spending the weekend at the mall.”

So far, so good. But what if you want to mention a friend—we’ll call her Cordelia—who feels the same way? A lot of us might say,

“Cordelia and me love to relax by spending the weekend at the mall.”

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02/11/2014

Speculative Fiction: Write What You Know?

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First-time fiction writers are often told to “write what you know.” This well-meant advice assumes that inexperienced writers will have an easier time expressing themselves if the subject of a fictional creation is familiar. That is generally true, but some new writers may misinterpret the suggestion and conclude that they should write only about events they have personally experienced. Such a restriction is not beneficial to the creative process.

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11/05/2013

Hey, That Offends Me

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I’m not really one to get offended when people use certain words. I mostly think of words as strings of letters that have evolved over the years to incorporate changes in culture and accompanying shifts in meaning. The words themselves don’t have any power to be offensive or innocuous. At the same time, I don’t often use words that I know others might find offensive. Many people don’t view words the way I do, and I don’t want to upset someone who does not separate the letters from the weight of culturally agreed-upon meaning, and I don’t want to flout the rules of polite society.

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08/30/2013

Dictionary-Directed Anger is Misplaced, People

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What an exciting and controversial week it has been in the world of twerking! First Miley’s performance at the VMAs, then the addition of “twerk” to the Oxford Dictionary Online. Both of these twerk-tastic events were met with angry recriminations, harsh judgments, and extreme indignation. It has certainly been fun to watch.

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05/05/2013

Fundamental Comma Rules, Part Three

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I’ve been so busy writing projects for happy clients that I have once again neglected the blog, which I know is a disappointment for my massive readership. But fret not, all of you who yearn to know more about commas. Here is the next fundamental comma rule for your enjoyment and edification. If you’re not interested in learning the rules after all, no worries. We can do all your writing for you, remember.

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03/03/2013

Old-Timey Grammar FTW

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I have come across a treasure trove of offensive, hilarious, and head-scratching grammar exercises: a book called First Year College English Workbook: The Essentials of Correct Grammar, by H. Ewell Hope. This workbook was first published in 1956; the edition I have was revised in 1967. Here is just a sampling of the grammatical nuggets.

The Disturbingly Racist:

Write the correct plural form:
(Negro) We saw five __________ at work in the plantation.

Punctuate the sentence and cross out the incorrect word within the parentheses:

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02/05/2013

Fundamental Comma Rules, Part Two

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Today, I bring you the long-awaited second installment in the comma rule series: The use of commas in a direct address. This is an easy one. First, understand that “direct address” does not mean “street address.” It means that you are speaking (or writing) directly to a particular person, group of people, or thing. You are addressing him, her, them, or it and using a specific name, identification, term of endearment, insult, and so on.

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01/10/2013

Fundamental Comma Rules, Part One

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Many people find the comma to be the most difficult piece of punctuation to master. There are so many rules governing its usage, and many of those rules are somewhat fluid, allowing for writer preference. And sometimes comma rules are deliberately ignored in favor of aesthetics and readability. If you struggle with comma confusion, you can start by focusing a few of the fundamentals. Today I’ll discuss commas and coordinating conjunctions. Hold on to your hats!

The rule: Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction linking two independent clauses.

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10/15/2012

Why Grammar is Important

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Let’s face it—grammar can be a drag. Just when you think you’ve mastered a rule, here come four or five exceptions to throw you off all over again. Guidelines seem arbitrary, rules seem inconsistent, and the whole endeavor seems vaguely pretentious.

Nonetheless, it matters. We have agreed as a society that writing and speaking a certain way signifies a level of intelligence and professionalism. People make judgments about us based on our command of the language and its rules. They decide whether to date us, hire us, take us seriously, work with us, and so on.

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