Song lyrics can give a scene a particular mood or evoke a particular memory or time. They can set the tone when used as a quote at the start of a chapter. But song lyrics are copyrighted, raising the question: can you use them in your book?
Picture the scene: your characters have been pining over each other for months and they’ve finally had their first kiss. They’re ready for more. They want to, no, need to have sex, right now.
In this article I will show you how to use apostrophes to indicate missing letters and possession, and how they are used with years, time, Māori words, and abbreviations.
Following punctuation conventions when writing dialogue will give your readers a smooth reading experience. When done well, punctuation silently guides the reader so they can concentrate on what your characters are saying.
Style guides are tools editors use to help ensure consistency throughout your novel, thesis, or document.
Style sheets are tailored to a specific project. They condense the most important parts of a style guide into a user friendly document.
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