Picking at the Past

Past tense is the most common tense to use in English language novel. Arguably it’s the easiest to write consistently but people also tend to read past tense as if it is present tense, which can be a trickier tense to write and keep consistent. Another reason past tense can be easier to write is […]

Doubling Our Punctuation

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. A common mistake people make, particularly when writing dialogue, is using multiple punctuation marks such as ‘!?’ or ‘!!!’ or they use capitals and extra punctuation, ‘WHY?!’ Regular readers know I don’t tend […]

Dot, Dot, Dash? Revisited

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. I suppose I should begin by making clear that when we refer to dashes this doesn’t include hyphens which are for linking words and parts of words and obey different rules to dashes. […]

Off The Wall Revisited

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. There are two different types of brackets (Round) and [Square] and in British grammar the square brackets usually go inside the round brackets to indicate extra, extra information. If we’re doing an attribution […]

Continuing Commas Revisited

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. Our final collection of instances with commas are between adjectives, repeated words, and when characters address other characters in dialogue. Although dialogue doesn’t have to be grammatically correct, most people don’t speak grammatically, […]

Commenting on Commas Revisited

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. Commas are important in speech, as we’ve discussed before commas mark brief breaths but they also mark the end of the dialogue or when we’re addressing a person. One of the most confusing […]

Happy Birthday, Jesse’s Studio!

Jesse’s Studio is 2 years old today! Today also marks the launch of the pre-order for the kindle version of Victorian Mistress, it had been edited and features bonus story First Meetings. For a full list of Amazon links try the brand new Shop page. As of today you can now also buy Victorian Mistress and Nine Shillings merchandise, […]

Shocking Semi-Colons

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. Semi-colons are tricky; they’re easy to over use, put in the wrong places or not use at all. The way I find helps to think of them is a way of joining two […]

Looking at Lists

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. Another important function of commas is for lists. Whether it’s a list of things a character brought, or connecting beautiful descriptions, commas are required. Why is this? Simply to help distinguish items and […]

The Curse of the Comma Revisited

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. The comma does have a purpose, beyond getting on our nerves, and that’s to break up sentences for a brief breath. Normally people would say a ‘pause’, which is true, but at their […]