Good Grammar might seem old fashioned in a day and age when LOL shows up in newspapers, when best-selling authors regularly splice their commas, and where your Facebook wall is filled with seventy-two misused ellipses.
However, agents and editors still care about grammar, and they will reject you if you show you don't understand grammar rules.
With this Grammar Guide, you will have the chance to use The Write Practice's model of deliberate practice to improve your grammar skills in less time.
10 Steps to Keep Your Editor From Killing You
Good grammar is like good hygiene.
Often, the last person to know why people are complaining about the dead dog in the room is the person who stinks.
Fortunately, we've created this course of ten lessons to help you impress your readers and editors with how good you smell… oops, I mean spell.
To show you how much we care, we're throwing in a bonus lesson, The Case Against Twilight (or why Stephenie Meyer needs to hire a copy editor).
- How to Make Your Editor Hate You: Splice Your Commas
- When to Use Ensure vs. Insure
- How to Use the Ellipsis… Correctly
- Why You Need to be Using Oxford Commas
- What the Heck is an Em Dash?
- Brangelina, Sporks, and the Secrets of Portmanteau
- Grammar Quandary: Affect Versus Effect
- The Poor, Misunderstood Semicolon
- How are you? Good vs. Well
- How to Use Either, Neither, Or, and Nor Correctly
- How to Break Up Long Dialogue Like Agatha Christie
- Is It Okay to End a Sentence with a Preposition?
- BONUS: The Case Against Twilight
In this tutorial, we will go over some of the most important (and most often neglected) grammar rules in a way that's both fun and practical. Remember: good grammar is hot!
In every lesson, you will be challenged with grammar exercises to help you cement what you've just learned into your daily practice.
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