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Awkward Construction Versus Narrative Flow

Awkward Construction Versus Narrative Flow

Awkward sentence construction interferes with narrative flow in every kind of prose, from news reporting to fiction. Sometimes it’s unintentional on the part of harried or wooden-eared writers, and sometimes it’s a conscious attempt to adhere to a publication’s “house style.”

Feet, Feat, Fete: The Deceptive Allure of Spell-checking

Feet, Feat, Fete: The Deceptive Allure of Spell-checking

Feet, feat, and fete: English is riddled with homophones, words that are pronounced alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings. In this case:  your pedal extremities, an achievement, and a celebration—all concepts so wildly divergent that it would be difficult to mistake one for the other, unless you are relying on your word processor’s spell-check function to make sure you have used the right one.

Fear of “To Boldly Go” and Other False Phobias

Fear of “To Boldly Go” and Other False Phobias

The Star Trek mission statement—“to boldly go where no one has gone before”—has been criticized many times by grammarians who insist that it’s wrong because inserting the adverb “boldly” between “to” and “go” yields a so-called “split infinitive.”

So, You Want to Be a Writer – The Fundamentals

So, You Want to Be a Writer – The Fundamentals

You’ve landed here on the Cresting Wave website because you’re interested in writing and getting your work published. What do you want to write about? How do you want to write it? Those may seem inane questions but they are fundamental to your project.