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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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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Using Brand Names as Description in Creative Writing

My creative writing professor told us never to use brand names in our creative works. The practice cheapened our art and morphed it into some kind of advertising. I’m not sure if I agree with him any longer, and I have my suspicions that he only gave us this advice because we were doing it wrong, and it would just be easier if we avoided it altogether.

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Up Your Comma Game by Learning These 3 Essential Rules

When it comes to writing a memo, composing a business email, or preparing a PowerPoint presentation, the details may not be critical enough to warrant hiring an editor or talented copywriter to whisper tips and tricks into your ear. The important part is what you’re trying to convey, right? Well, presentation is still critical, and grammar is a part of clear and precise presentation. If you’re submitting articles as a freelancer or attempting to get a creative piece published, issues can seem even more egregious.

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Ask Your Editor: How Do You Reject an Editor’s Suggestions?

How do you reject an editor’s suggestions?
What happens when an author and an editor cannot see eye to eye on a certain subject?
How often do authors lose their chance of publication because they refuse to make changes to their work?

First of all, I want to iterate that an author of a piece should keep in mind that they should be the final say on anything as the creator.

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Don’t Just Add a Comma Where You’d Normally Pause

For some reason, there’s this mythology that’s developed around comma usage where a comma should be added to a sentence where a person would normally pause if speaking or reading aloud.

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Outlining vs. Free Writing in Fiction

What Do You Mean By “Free Writing”?

Freewriting is the technique I’d describe with the phrase, “going with the flow.” As a writer, you wind yourself up, let yourself go, and see where the adventure takes you. You’re hardly more omniscient than your characters, and what results that do come about are a surprise. I’ve also heard this referred to as “vomit writing” from colorful wordsmiths because the goal is to focus on creative output without thought to quality or direction. Any cognitive decision-making or editing happens later.

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