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Compound Sentences and FANBOYS!

A compound sentence is made up of two independent clauses joined together with a coordinating conjunction. There are several coordination conjunctions. You know the list: and, but, or, nor, so, for, yet, and so. Another way to remember them is the use of the acronym, FANBOYS. F – for A – and N – nor B – but O – or Y – yet S – so An independent clause is a sentence that can stand on its own. At the very least, it has a subject at verb. Jack was a great kisser. Steve really knew how to dance. Let’s combine those to make a compound sentence. Jack was a great…

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Serial Comma Logic

I ran across this video today and felt it would be a good thing to share with you. When preparing your manuscript for an editor, the serial comma is one of those things you’re going to want to keep an eye out for. Why? It’s an easy fix, first of all. Secondly, if your editor isn’t having to stop every few sentences to deal with commacide, they’re going to have more time to focus on the meat and heartbeat of your story. This is your mission if you choose to accept it.

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Manuscript Prep

I edit using MS Word and utilize Track Changes, inline edits, and comment boxes. To make the process easy on both of us, please send me your doc or docx file formatted like this: Body of the text – Times New Roman font, 12 pt. 1.5 inch line spacing No cushion between paragraphs Left aligned or justified. No tabs or double returns between paragraphs. Use the first line indent feature in Word. Please include the document title and page number in the header or footer.

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Before you hit Send

Run a final spelling and grammar check. Make sure your character names are spelled correctly. Cut junk words. Here are 43 to delete. Cut adverbs. Cut even more. Use stronger verbs. Remove unnecessary dialogue tags. Purposeful actions or emotion beats are more powerful and can still show readers who is speaking. Do a search for “was” in your writing. This is a hint that you’ve slipped into passive voice. Discover your pet words and phrases and nix them. Are you using ellipses when a period would suffice? Beware the comma splice. Here are 3 fixes. Read your work aloud or use a program to listen to it. Take advantage of some helpful editing…

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