Taglines

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” “In space, nobody can hear you scream.” “Who you gonna call?” Hopefully not the grammar police. Especially not for that last one. That’s a class-A spelling felony. The statements above are recognizable to plenty of fans of science fiction and comedy-horror. They are the taglines…

How to Do a Flashback

Flashbacks appear in many novels, comic books, television shows, and movies, yet they are some of the most difficult sequences to write in all of fiction. After all, how does one take a reader from the present point in the story to a former point in the story and then back again without a visual…

Those Pesky Commas

When and where do you put them? The answer, of course, is it all depends. However, never forget the old adage:  When in doubt, leave out. But there are some hard and fast rules, you need to keep in mind. One is the use of connecting conjunctions, such as and, but, or, nor, for and…

Committed to…. Changing?

“Charles’s favorite book, the one about Claudius’s epic quest to destroy Carlos’s magic hat, is missing.” For the last thrity years I’ve had sentences like that corrected. No, not because it’s long and confusing, but because of all the ‘s –  but no more! I am vindicated! Okay, not really vindicated, but they have “changed…