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Tip of the Day: Try to avoid starting with and or but.

It’s not uncommon for someone to start their spoken sentences with and or but. Within writing, this can have an added effect that makes a character (or narrative perspective) stand out. However, one should avoid it where possible. If you do use it, use it sparingly to enhance its literary effect.

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Tip of the Day: How many ways can you run?

Run is one of those words that can be shifted to another word that has more meaning. Do your characters bolt, race, dash, dart, careen, sprint, jog, or do they actually just run? See if that instance of run/ran can be replaced with something with more meaning.

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Tip of the Day: You can measure a metre with a meter.

This is one of those words that has two different spellings, but only in UK English. If you are using US English, it is always meter. However, in UK English, metre is the unit of measure, whereas meter is the device by which you can measure things.

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Give me the Em-Dash

There is a big difference between an em-dash, en-dash and hyphen. They have different uses. But all hope is not lost. Your word-processor will render them while typing. Here’s how.

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