Grammar Basics – The Comma with Descriptive Phrases

Here we are with yet another lesson dealing with the comma. I think when you realize how many blog posts, articles, and Style Guides are dedicated to comma usage, you begin to understand why this little punctuation mark is such a bother. Today, I want to talk about using commas with descriptive phrases. Basically, thereContinue reading “Grammar Basics – The Comma with Descriptive Phrases”

Grammar Basics – The Comma with Dependent Clauses

(Notice how in the graphic I’ve included with this post, one person is dragging the other – or is it one person trying to stay with the other – this is the dependent relationship I want to illustrate here.) Well, here we are – back with another day filled with fun facts about the comma.Continue reading “Grammar Basics – The Comma with Dependent Clauses”

Grammar Basics – The Comma in a Compound Sentence

Welcome back to my crash course in basic Grammar. Today’s blog is centered around the comma in a compound sentence. First, let’s define what a compound sentence is. According the Chicago Manual of Style, (the end-all authority,) a compound sentence joins clauses by using a coordinating conjunction. (Coordinating conjunctions include words such as and, but,Continue reading “Grammar Basics – The Comma in a Compound Sentence”

Kicking off the New Series with a GIVE AWAY!!

I want all of you to be excited about my next series of blogs. Now the reason I’m worried that you might NOT be excited, is because we will be discussing something we all roll our eyes over. Yes, I’m talking about Grammar. So, to make the series go down easier, I’m starting with aContinue reading “Kicking off the New Series with a GIVE AWAY!!”

Parts of Speech and your Writing

Starting this week, I will be publishing posts on different topics on different days of the week. Saturdays: Your Author Platform Mondays:  The importance of Grammar Wednesdays: Essential Elements of Writing Grammar and Your Writing During the two years I’ve been blogging, I’ve written several items on Grammar, but I’d like to start from scratchContinue reading “Parts of Speech and your Writing”

Your Writer’s Toolbox

How do you approach a new writing project? Do you find yourself suddenly inspired, and you rush to grab your notebook or dash to your computer to stroke the keys and produce your latest story? Or do you find yourself sitting with your pen or hands poised, waiting for inspiration? What if – you approachedContinue reading “Your Writer’s Toolbox”

Tools of the Trade

One of the best things I’ve done as a writer is to reach out to other writers. I’ve built a network of like-minded folks. I’ve joined writing groups online, sites where you can post your writing and have peer reviews. In every case, I learn something valuable with each critique. These fellow travelers are anContinue reading “Tools of the Trade”

My slightly twisted sense of humor

Why I find this meme hysterically funny In case you’re wondering about my recent blog posts, I’m working through a 20-day challenge to blog every day and identify the best style, subject, and frequency that I would like to continue in the upcoming months. And today, I’m explaining my sense of humor through a meme,Continue reading “My slightly twisted sense of humor”