Writing Essentials

Cure your Comma Confusion!

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Do you ever wonder where to put a punctuation mark, especially a comma? (See my free PDF chart on 3 Fundamental Comma Rules.)

Do you struggle with your words or sentences or imagery, struggle with how to show, not tell?

These are common issues writers face.

There are a lot of resources out there, from books to websites to blogs. But how do you know where to start and how do you navigate through all the information, much of it presented in mind-numbing lessons and rules in pages or screens of prose. There is also a lot of contradictory, even controversial, information out there.

What’s a writer to do? How do you keep your creative juices flowing, to continue your fluency of ideas and language, but get quick and effective answers to these writing essentials?

Most writers want to know that their text is “good” — both error-free and stylistically effective. Some have turned to grammar and writing books and others to beta readers and even paid editorial services, but most writers want to be the kind of writer who can self-edit. (If they are writing for traditional publication, publishers reviewing manuscript submissions expect the writers to be able to produce the polished writing on their own, not always be relying on outside “editors” for fundamental grammar and style rules.)

I am passionate about sharing my writing, editing, and teaching expertise, as well as materials I’ve developed, to help you with your writing fundamentals/essentials and free you up to express your unique story.

My vision is not only to create a one-stop source with the important style guides to learn in order for writers to self-edit their work/writing, but to present these rules and recommendations in an effective way, using the best practices in teaching and learning grammar and writing online.

I’ll be providing tips and resources on this website and in my blog.