Category Archives: editing

  1. Playing Tag: 3 attribution alternatives for cleaner dialogue

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    February 23, 2018 by bradcharlesbeals

    Attributing quotation to the right speaker is essential for clarity, but the traditional tag (he said…she said…said the butler) is …
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  2. Oddball Grammar

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    September 17, 2014 by bradcharlesbeals

    Grammar gems from the oddball category: 1. Compound possession… Mike’s and Pam’s phones were stolen. (Each owned a phone; both …
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  3. Value props or zero-content filler?

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    May 21, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    When we write about ourselves–our businesses, our companies, our communities–we can’t help but write from our own affections. But there’s …
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  4. LESS or FEWER?

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    April 12, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    Similar to the more/most error, this one is fixed by being mindful of number. WRONG: The less mistakes we make, …
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  5. You are NOT special…you can do better than special

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    January 31, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    As I wander the writer/author social-media world, I’m bombarded by messages that I’m wonderful. And I don’t mean personal, direct …
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  6. The good sentence is a well-secured load

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    January 11, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    A sentence carries its meaning as a truck its load. The good driver secures it carefully. He cuts weight: innocuous …
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  7. You Are What You Read: A Sedimentary Approach

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    January 8, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    Our writing (and all that comprises it) is always moving toward our own internal standard. And the standard itself is …
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  8. God and Pronoun Case Form

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    January 4, 2013 by bradcharlesbeals

    Much of grammar involves putting things into categories. Case forms of pronouns are one group of categories, and I spend …
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  9. Don’t Fear the Static Character

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    December 31, 2012 by bradcharlesbeals

    The word static, when describing a character, does not have to be dirty. Think of the static character as a …
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  10. The Writer’s Habitat

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    December 11, 2012 by bradcharlesbeals

    British Lit is a survey course, so we jump from one period to the next. Usually the periods are divided …
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