What’s the difference between grammar, punctuation, and mechanics?

The use of these terms in grammar and language study can be inconsistent and individual. There is sometimes even confusion within one document by the same author. We saw with previous post that some people label mistakes in usage (which primarily deals with the use of a word) as an error in grammar. And indeed …

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Do errors in writing matter?

Does anyone care (anymore) about errors in writing, especially when written communication is becoming increasingly brief and informal; for instance, so much more is handled by email: applications to colleges or employers, query letters and writing samples for publication. And the increasing use of posts on social media sites, not only inviting a level or …

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Strategies for creating in a pandemic

As the greatest pandemic to hit the world since the 1918 Spanish Flu, the Novel Coronus Virus has disrupted normalcy and causing untold loss and heartache. When facing so many real-life challenges, it’s hard to focus on prose ones. I’ve touched on some of the issues in several blogs, including an early one in March …

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Letters to the editor & op–eds – personal voices, public spaces

Recent posts have been discussing ways to be a writer, including general practices and exercises, as well as advice and strategies for writing careers and success. Though much of the information applies to all writers, one post focused on fiction and the other on memoir and personal stories. Though in the nonfiction category, the genres …

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