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How to Identify and Fix Comma Splices Using FANBOYS

The FANBOYS Comma Rule

When I say “FANBOYS,” I don’t mean the ones who geek out about cult TV shows; I mean the acronym.

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14 Amateur Blogging Mistakes to Avoid

There are a whopping 152 million blogs out there, and a new one gets created every half second. Despite blogging’s prevalence in the Internet world, very rarely can you find a blog done right.

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Ask Mickayla: How Do You Score a Front-Page Article?

The soft, feathery pages in one’s hands that crinkle with every movement, the pages filled with a seemingly endless amount of words—picking up a newspaper can be overwhelming.

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11 Ways to Convey Melania Trump’s Ideas Without Plagiarizing

On Monday night at the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump delivered a heartfelt and inspiring speech, which was later described as the highlight of the night despite the participation of many other speakers.

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Proof Before You Leap: The Ultimate Language Checklist for New Authors

So you’ve finished your novel. Or memoir. Or other piece of creative writing.

Now what?

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It’s Not About You: The Dangers of Self-Centered Internet Marketing

The ads—they interrupt your favorite TV shows, squeeze in between radio tunes, and obstruct the landscape with messages that demand your attention: “Me! Me! Me!”

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Ask Phoebe: How Can I Get Noticed When Submitting to Literary Publications?

For the past year, part of my writing life has been focused on reading slush—sorting through the wobbly digital stack of your work. While I was reading slush, I was submitting my work to slush piles, so I’ve been on both sides of the table. And I have some good news for you, which I also tell myself after every rejection letter:

Good work is easy to recognize, and there isn’t as much good work as you think.

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Amanda’s 3 “Golden Rules” of Business

Recently, a friend of mine invited me to give a lecture as a guest speaker for a business class she was attending. The requirements: have a background in team management, be able to convey a personal brand (including business cards and a website), and discuss three “golden rules” that students could take to heart during their business education and subsequent careers.

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Ask Abby: How Can You Convey Humor through Writing?

Whenever I tell my family a joke that doesn’t land, I get blank looks and silence. In a rush to fill the void, I clarify: “See, sloths are slow, so they can’t interrupt.” This is met with, “If you have to explain the joke, it isn’t funny.” It might be that I need to learn patience, though it’s also possible (however remotely) that interrupting sloth jokes just aren’t funny.

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