Tag: writing nuts and bolts

One Space Between Sentences Is Better Than Two

Posted April 17, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
One Space Between Sentences Is Better Than Two

It’s official. I’m taking the stance that one space between sentences is the better choice Note I didn’t say the correct choice. I said the better choice. One or two spaces is ultimately a choice with no right or wrong option. But is one option better than the other? Oh yeah. And it’s one space. […]

Meaning Gap: The Line Between Funny and Failure

Posted October 31, 2013 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Meaning Gap: The Line Between Funny and Failure

Alissa Vecchio and I created the hashtag #TortureThyEditor on Twitter to commiserate over the tedious and asinine tasks we do. When you have to spend an entire 1,000 word article removing the extra space between sentences, editing is far from glamorous. We created #TortureThyEditor to be funny, not cruel or harsh or negative. It’s an outlet […]

How to Use a Semi-Colon

Posted October 3, 2013 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
How to Use a Semi-Colon

How to use a semi-colon is a problem that baffles many people—whether they realize it or not. But no more. Let’s put an end to semi-colon confusion. Those poor, misunderstood semi-colons. And those poor, misunderstood editors who have to fix all fifty semi-colon mistakes in a single manuscript. Ahem. That may be an exaggeration. A […]

Start Your Sentences with And & But

Posted September 5, 2013 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Start Your Sentences with And & But

Are you ready to break another grammar rule? Because I’m about to give you permission to be a rule breaker. Here we go. Start your sentences with and & but. (I’m using an ampersand because ‘and and but’ just seems wrong and this is my blog, so I do what I wanna.) Yes. Start your […]