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Commas and Introductory Words

Commas should be used not only after introductory phrases, but after introductory words as well. It’s a simple-seeming rule, but as always, the permutations can be frustrating. I have to admit my googling netted me a disappointing catch on this

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Weasel Words, Filters, and Other Candidates For Cutting

I used to overwrite in insane amounts. Unfortunately, I wrote seven novels before I discovered this, and now I’m working my way through, cutting them all down to size. So in honor of cutting my fourth novel by a third,

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Nat Russo on Adverbs and ‘Show, Don’t Tell’

I’ve seen many authors struggle with the adage ‘show, don’t tell.’ Some try to show everything, and their story gets so bogged down in description that the story takes place at a glacial crawl. And while I agree that showing

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