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Kristen Stieffel
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Often when we’re writing nonfiction we need to refer to words in such a way that the term being used is itself the subject of the discussion, rather than the concept the term describes. If I say “My Sunday school students have difficulty understanding the…
Often when we’re writing nonfiction we need to refer to words in such a way that the term being used is itself the subject of the discussion, rather than the concept the term describes. If I say “M…
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Book hoarding, digital and otherwise. Can anyone relate?
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On my to-do list was a note to write you a post about the correct use of quotation marks. Then I discovered that Jonathan Owen over at Arrant Pedantry had already done so. His article is useful and thorough, so I’ll send you over there to learn How to Use…
On my to-do list was a note to write you a post about the correct use of quotation marks. Then I discovered that Jonathan Owen over at Arrant Pedantry had already done so. His article is useful and…
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The guidelines for hyphenation are complex and inconsistent. At least copyeditors are kept in business, but it can be frustrating for a writer to understand when to hyphenate and when not. Hyphenation errors are among the most common spelling problems I…
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Last year at about this time, I suggested you set some goals for the new year. How did you do? What went right? Take time to celebrate your successes. That will give you hope and inspiration for the future. It will also help you set new goals that stretch…
Last year at about this time, I suggested you set some goals for the new year. How did you do? What went right? Take time to celebrate your successes. That will give you hope and inspiration for th…
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The rules for ellipses in nonfiction differ slightly from those in fiction. In fiction, ellipses signal a hesitation or trailing off of speech. But in nonfiction, they indicate omissions from quoted material. If you’re writing a memoir or other narrative…
The rules for ellipses in nonfiction differ slightly from those in fiction. In fiction, ellipses signal a hesitation or trailing off of speech. But in nonfiction, they indicate omissions from quote…
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An editor once excised the semicolons from my writing with the marginal note “Death to semicolons.” He changed every one of them to a period. Not every editor is so vehement about this much-maligned mark, but those who are may be provoked by the fact that…
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Reward yourself for small wins. But do it responsibly.
No spoilers, sweetie. It took me a while to get to the theater to see Star Wars 7. Not because I lacked interest, but because of temptation bundling. In temptation bundling, you restrict you...
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A new publisher looking for books in the science fiction and fantasy genres, specifically stories with high action and moral dilemmas.
Guest Blogger: Amy Davis The Crosshair Press founding team members are Amy Williams, Katie Morford, and Amy Davis. Our respective backgrounds include copywriting, journalism, copyediting, and missi...
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One of the finer points of punctuation is the use of dashes. In casual writing, we often use them willy-nilly, but when you are writing nonfiction for publication, take care to use them properly. Fiction writers only need concern themselves with one kind…
One of the finer points of punctuation is the use of dashes. In casual writing, we often use them willy-nilly, but when you are writing nonfiction for publication, take care to use them properly. F…
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Ever considered turning your nitpicky grammar skills into a paying job? This course by Kathy Ide, Author/Editor will teach you how.
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It's important to keep our Christian doctrine straight. But maybe we ought to avoid punching anyone over it.
Every year as Christmas comes around, I’m reminded of that great story about jolly old St. Nick, who gave a heretic a punch in the face. As the story goes, during the Council of Nicea, while the ch...
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Writer, editor, and writing coach
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  • Santa Barbara City College
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The folks at Coggin's service department always take very good care of me and my Civic, even though I'm brutal to my vehicle. Had a bit of a wait the last time I came in to pick up my car, but not too bad. Better than at a lot of places. I was a little put off by the sign at the desk that said "See your adviser for assistance," because I'm thinking, how am I supposed to know where he is? Finally someone asked if I had been helped and I said no and gave her my adviser's name. Turns out it was his day off. So that sign was kind of useless. Still, she took care of me and got me checked out speedily enough, and my car is in great shape. There was a lot of work to do on it, and they did it in a reasonable amount of time and even threw in a car wash and new wiper blades, which I really needed but hadn't thought to ask for.
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Beautiful hotel. Courteous staff. The breakfast is fabulous. The only downside—hardly worth knocking off even half a star—was no 24/7 coffee service in the lobby. But there's coffee and tea in-room, so that's OK. I just wanted another cup when I was leaving at 4 a.m. The atrium was a great place to sit and work awhile. I even found a power outlet. ;)
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I love it when there's a car rental desk at the hotel. So convenient. The folks at Enterprise were very helpful and friendly. I had the car for five days, but they recommended a weekly rate because it worked out to cost less than the daily rate. Also, they didn't charge me a drop fee even though I picked the car up at the hotel in Santa Ana and dropped it off at LAX. I am a very happy customer. :)
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