Hyphens, Ellipses and Dashes…Oh my! Part 3 — “eM” dashes

by M. Richard Eley In this part of the series, we'll take a look at the often misused and misunderstood "eM" dash, also known as the long dash. As with the eN dash, the eM dash is named because the length of the dash is…hah, hah, surprise, not the width of an "M" but the... Continue Reading →

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Hyphens, Ellipses and Dashes…Oh my! Part 2 – “eN” dashes

By M. Richard Eley  In my previous article, we explored the wacky life of hyphens. As we found out, a hyphen's main use is to break or join multiple-word compound terms. This time, we'll look at the eN dash. The eN dash, like its brother the eM dash, is named for the letter length of the... Continue Reading →

No Fee Contest/Cash Prize: Is this for real?

Two phrases together often catch a writer's attention.  No Fee and Cash Prize!  That's exactly what you'll find at HRW's 8th Annual Writers Conference. Attendees have the opportunity to submit in three categories: poetry; fiction; and nonfiction. Each category pays cash prizes. And did I mention there is no fee to submit? Here's what you'll... Continue Reading →

Where’s Your Notebook?

"Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea forever." -Will Self There are plenty of resources who will tell you to carry a notebook, but why should you do it? What will it help you... Continue Reading →

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