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canine and feline - adjectives not nouns

1947 Like a cat and dog by nebojsa mladjenovic, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

Quite often you see people use canine and feline as nouns when they are talking about dogs and cats. 166 more words

Writing Mechanics

It's Now a Single-Spaced World

Show of hands. Who learned to type on a typewriter?

Now keep your hand up if you double space between sentences.

Wow. Quite a few of you! 381 more words

Writer's Toolbox

From the Editor's Desk: Internal Monologue

One of the joys of reading frequently and taking a hack-handed, bludgeoning swing at writing myself is seeing different conventions used in different ways. The one I’d like to discuss today is a favorite for the snarky and the serious, the scary and the scurrilous: internal monologue (or if the characters a bit nutty…dialogue). 1,127 more words


Types of academic writing

Blah Blah Blah… Blah by mosoma Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

When you are writing a literature review you need to do more than just describe what has been found or what people have said. 52 more words

Academic Writing

Grammar-ease: When to write out numbers

Welcome to a new grammar post, lovely readers. This topic came from one of you, thank you!

When do you write out numbers?

Some consistent rules include: 417 more words

Writer's Toolbox

Beyond the Basics: When to break the rules

I believe that most writing rules fall into two categories. Some rules benefit style, while other rules are purely academic.

Academic rules tend to become outdated quickly, and are soon overshadowed by colloquialisms instead. 667 more words


Structural editing

Maple Structure by Steve Jurvetson Attribution License

When it comes time to edit your first draft, where should you start? Don’t begin with the sentences. You need to look at the whole structure and make the big changes first. 53 more words

Writing Mechanics