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Lay Versus Lie
Written at the request of one of my favorite people, I’ve decided to occasionally address common grammatical snags. “Lay versus Lie” is a biggie, so we’ll start here.
Pauses that are not Commas: Asides, semicolons, hyphens, em-dashes, and en-dashes
Before I get to the column on the three types of editing and how to actually use publishing principles in self-publishing, there is one other grammar pet peeve I need to address so I don’t hate myself for leaving you in the dark. It’s about what those bigass letters say directly above this.
Cut Your Editor’s Stress: How to Use a FUCKING COMMA
I didn’t say this originally, but let’s start at the very beginning; a very good place to start. If that takes you back to your grammar school days…all the better. Do yourself and your editor a favor, and think about your comma usage with me.
New Feature for Self-Publishers—Lesson 1: Callie On Grammar
This is the start of a new blog category and series I’ll be writing in 2017 called Self-Publishing Lessons. The concept of this column is to do something constructive for the self-publishing community. Self-publishers need to appropriate traditional publishing’s few redeeming qualities, and that’s what everything here will be about. That’s what I know, so that’s all I can give. But it’s useful! We’re going to start by having a talk about grammar.
How I Deal With Writer’s Block
You couldn’t possibly have already read my afterword in the new Lyssa (#4), but if you have—I mean, when you DO, because of course you all gobble up every word I give you—you would know that I read quite a few books by Piers Anthony when I was a teenager. And yes, cynics and critics, I know he has a reputation as kind of a…let’s just say possibly a hint of the dirty old man and a kind of, shall we say, overproducing writer (but I still like the ones I like!)—and that this probably explains a lot about how I’m still kind of stuck in late 80’s/early 90’s teenage level sexuality. Regardless, the biggest thing I learned from him was a method for dealing with writer’s block.
You can’t tell, but she just read a ‘your’ which should’ve been ‘you’re’ and she wants to stab you in the ear with a knitting needle.
Grammar Post #2
(the first was about commas)
There are so many of these kind of posts out there that it’s shameful, but every fucking day I see people doing it wrong. I read it in submissions from people who should know better (at my “day job,” not with my Callie Press friends—they don’t even write the things, either I do or we do it together). But listen, it’s simple. I hope to explain these in the simplest way ever so it sticks. Ready? Read:
The sentence is ‘Fuck, that made me hot.’ Of course it got grammar flagged.
When will Word know better? But it’s a good lesson in how commas can change meaning!