Editing, Fiction, Punctuation, Writing

Taking an Ax to My Old Flame—

While my subconscious works out a problem in my romantic comedy, I've been editing the first novel I completed—fourteen years ago. As I read, it became apparent I was a little too fond of the em dash. I think I used at least one on every page. So I decided to run a search for them.… Continue reading Taking an Ax to My Old Flame—

Craft, Punctuation, Tips, Writing

How do you punctuate after a terminal em dash?

A particular use of punctuation jumped out at me as I read a recently published book. In general, I observe punctuation rules, so I’d like to know if the one used in this book follows an old rule, a new rule, or a house style. I question whether it’s a house style though--unless those change… Continue reading How do you punctuate after a terminal em dash?