between me & you

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (Book Review)

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Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Author: Mary Norris Publisher’s Description: The most irreverent and helpful book on language since the #1 New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker‘s copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, […]

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Writerly Wednesday: Well Isn’t That Novel . . . or is it Novella?

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Is the thing you’ve written a novel or novella? If you’re like me, you might have thought that novella was just a fancier word for a novel. I was close! Actually, a novella is essentially a novel but shorter. Novels Novels run approximately 35,000 to 150,000 words in length. Take note of the word approximately, because these […]

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Editor’s Most Wanted: Common Writing Mistakes, P.2

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We’re continuing our discussion of the most common writing mistakes, and today we’re talking about sentences. If words are the individual cars of a train, sentences are the train itself. They chug on into your readers’ brains and (hopefully) deposit your meaning. The most interesting sentences have a multitude of moving parts, which means plenty […]