I Love Being Quote-Worthy!

At least when I’m saying something halfway intelligent or kind. I’ve been having some entertaining and lively chit-chat with my friend @Mitch_M and fellow writer and grammar cop, @DougBittinger: RT @DougBittinger: Is It Farther or Further, Father? http://t.co/QokG9htNxH / You just hurt my head; now I have to invite @HollyJahangiri — Mitch Mitchell (@Mitch_M) February 24, 2015 Read More …

Let Go of the Dots!

Ellipsis Abuse “Hi, I’m Holly. I’m a writer, and I have an unhealthy addiction to ellipses.” I see a number of familiar faces in the audience, and I’m inspired to be a more decisive writer, a better leader. I pull a handful of dithering dots from my pocket, careful to hang onto the few loner-types willing Read More …

Passive Voice & Lazy Writing

Believe it or not, I do put clear and accurate communication ahead of grammatical perfection, at least when it comes to technical and scientific writing. When it comes to fiction, I’d say that the ability to tell an good story well comes first. But grammar, spelling, and punctuation are the tools of the trade, and using them Read More …

He Said, She Said

Until recently, the best way to start a flamewar among writers was to ask, perhaps disingenuously, “What’s so wrong with passive voice?” Now, it seems, we’ve moved on to “said” vs. all the other wonderful verbs one might use to add a dash of spice to ordinary dialogue. While “he said” and “she said” can, Read More …