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Writer’s Relief Links Roundup, May 2013

Photo by TylerIngram via FlickrOur staff members are always on the lookout for the latest tips, trends, and helpful tools for writers so we can better guide our clients and readers. And while we’ve always offered a variety of free staff-written articles, our Links Roundup posts provide readers with regular updates on our favorite online resources offered by other websites. We hope you enjoy the following five resources as much as we did!

Put a Cap on It: Learning the Rules of Capitalization via LitReactor – It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you’ve been writing in Standard American English; everyone should brush up on current capitalization rules. Taylor Houston provides readers with a great mini-review.

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction via OpenCulture – Who wouldn’t want to be like Ernest Hemingway? We’re not suggesting you start hunting or become a war correspondent, but check out Hemingway’s seven tips on how to write fiction as compiled by Mike Springer.

Contests and Agencies to Avoid via Winning Writers – “Congratulations, your poem has been accepted for publication! If you want to see your poem in our anthology, you must purchase…” Does this sound familiar? If so, you might be falling for a scam. Learn which ones to avoid (and why you should avoid them) with this helpful list of shady venues.

Do you truly own your e-books? via Salon – With e-books becoming all the rage these days, we encourage you to read this informative article about what it means when you buy an e-book for your e-reader device. This article also addresses Digital Rights Management versus open-source e-books.

11 Words That Don’t Mean What They Sound Like via mental_floss – Judith B Herman offers insight into some particularly tricky words and their definitions. What else could “noisome” mean but to be noisy, right? Think again!

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Harness The Power Of…The Ellipsis!


Love the ellipsis? So do we! But an ellipsis can be a touchy, persnickety little punctuation mark. Used in the wrong situation, ellipses can appear overdone, overly dramatic, silly, sloppy, unnecessary… You get the point. As writers and authors, we may need to ask ourselves if it’s time we push back from the table andContinue Reading

Odds and Ends: Scare Quotes, Exclamation Points, Almost, and Plural Compounds

Want to know how to use exclamation points or scare quotes? How to make a compound word plural? The difference between almost and most of or how to correctly use almost in a sentence? By Writer’s Relief.Continue Reading

Odds ‘N’ Ends: Titled vs. Entitled, Aphorisms, And Quotation Marks

Entitled or titled? Supposed to or suppose to? How do I use quotation marks correctly? And what is an aphorism? The proofreaders at Writer’s Relief answer these and other questions about grammar and punctuation.Continue Reading

Further Notes On Punctuating Dialogue

Dialogue can be tricky to write and, sometimes, tricky to punctuate. In a previous article, we talked about how to properly format dialogue in your fiction and nonfiction. Here are a few more pointers to demonstrate how to create paragraph breaks when switching from one speaker to another. Learn how to use quotation marks whenContinue Reading

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