How to Proofread: Tips for a Cleaner Draft

How to Proofread: Tips for a Cleaner Draft

Before you send your term paper to your professor or your manuscript to a publisher, you probably take a few (dozen) hard looks at your work. And you’re right to do so—silly little mistakes can cost you your credibility and reputation as a writer, potentially...
How to Use a Semicolon: Rules and Examples

How to Use a Semicolon: Rules and Examples

There tends to be a lot of confusion surrounding the semicolon and how one should use this punctuation mark that’s not quite a comma and not quite a colon. But the worst mistake a writer could make is inserting a semicolon without first understanding when and...
How to Use a Hyphen

How to Use a Hyphen

Hyphens are frequently confused with dashes (like the em dash or en dash), and many writers struggle with remembering how to use them properly. Misuse of the hyphen (or any other punctuation mark) may seem like a minor mistake, but it can be a glaring error and even a...
The En Dash: When and How to Use It

The En Dash: When and How to Use It

The en dash (–) is the oft-overlooked punctuation that you probably didn’t know you should be using. Named for its size, it’s roughly the same width of the capital letter N. (Its sister, the em dash, is about the width of the capital letter M.) Although they look...
9 Horror Book Editors

9 Horror Book Editors

Nothing is quite as thrilling and terrifying as a good horror novel. But horror stories can be tricky to write well, since the reader must believe the story enough to be scared, disturbed, or disgusted. Before you submit your horror novel to literary agents or...