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. … Continue reading Dot, Dot, Dash? Revisited

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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 … Continue reading Off The Wall Revisited

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, … Continue reading Continuing Commas Revisited

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 … Continue reading Commenting on Commas Revisited

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, … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Jesse’s Studio!

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 … Continue reading Shocking Semi-Colons

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 … Continue reading Looking at Lists

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 … Continue reading The Curse of the Comma Revisited

Horrifying Homophones

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. One of the great writing plagues is the homophone, of which there are three different sorts you’ll be pleased to know. There’s the basic homophone, the homonym, and the homograph, just because English … Continue reading Horrifying Homophones

Apostrophe and Apostronot Revisited

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. Where do apostrophes go? They can be easily confused because sometimes the rules are not what you would expect. For example, the rule of the possessive tells us that the apostrophe goes before … Continue reading Apostrophe and Apostronot Revisited