Tips and Tricks from the Editor

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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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Tip of the Day: Farther and Further…

Farther and Further have similar usages, however, they mean different things. Farther relates to a physical distance (the root word is “far”). Further is  a metaphorical construct. “How much farther?” “He intended to further his education.”

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Tip of the Day: Alright vs All right…

If you are using UK English, it is always all right (two words). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, alright (one word) is not acceptable. However Merriam-Webster states, “[Alright] is less frequent than all right but remains common especially in informal writing.”

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Tip of the Day: Data is plural. Datum is singular.

The word data is plural. The singular form is datum. The data are… The datum is… While correct, I’ll admit it does feel weird to say. My recommendation is to charge your sentences that involve these words to remove the is/are or was/were. The data shows…

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