For over two hundred years there has been controversy surrounding split infinitives and their usage in writing. To clarify, a split infinitive occurs when a word (almost always an adverb) is inserted between the ‘to’ and the verb in a sentence. Perhaps the most famous example of a split infinitive: “To boldly go (where no … Continue reading Split Infinitives: Should You Split Hairs Over Them?
There's nothing wrong with it - it's grammatically correct - but every time I write or read it, it feels wrong. I am talking about the phrase “and am”. For example: I am looking for some peace and quiet and am at the end of my rope. The aforementioned sentence is correct, but the juxtaposition of … Continue reading The Problem with “and am” in Writing
The serial comma, most commonly known as the Oxford comma or the Harvard comma, is used before a coordinating conjunction ('and' or 'or') in a list of three or more items in a list. For example: Cheddar, brie, and gorgonzola. The serial comma remains a controversial topic among grammar enthusiasts, some arguing that it is unnecessary … Continue reading Why You Should be Using the Serial Comma
It is time I made an embarrassing confession: I have dyslexia. I was recently looking through some old reports taken as a child, and my learning difficulty was quite damning. When I was twelve years old, I had the spelling capability of a six-year-old. My vocabulary was in the 3rd percentile. In other words, 97% … Continue reading Overcoming Dyslexia
In short, a conjunction is a word that connects two parts of a sentence (clauses) together. This is elementary knowledge that most of us know. However, at school, you may have been taught that a sentence cannot begin or end with a conjunction. The most common example called out is ‘and’: “And that’s where it … Continue reading Ending and Starting Sentences with Conjunctions
It might sound derivative, but it’s true nonetheless: writing is like a muscle; the more you flex it, the stronger it becomes. If you don't write on a regular basis, you'll suffer atrophy - a degeneration of strength and ability. As such, it's best to try and write every single day. "I don't always have … Continue reading Writing is a Muscle
Like every writer, the way I write has evolved over time. However, it only recently occurred to me how layered (and methodical) my process is. I am a pedant and I make no apologies. And although such a process may not be necessary in every circumstance, a more structured approach to my writing has proven … Continue reading The Writing Process and How to Develop One