3 Ways to Use Ellipses . . . Correctly

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If punctuation had personality, the period would be the logical one, the comma calculated, the semi-colon the rambler and the colon attention-grabbing.

And the ellipsis? That’s our mysterious one.

What is the ellipsis holding back? What words will we never see in that quoted passage? And why were those words dropped in the first place?

Most importantly, how do we use the ellipsis correctly? Keep reading.

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When Do You Capitalize After a Colon?

When Do You Capitalize After a Colon? via KLWightman.com
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If you ask two writers this question, you probably wouldn’t receive the same response. There isn’t a straightforward answer when it comes to figuring out when to capitalize after a colon.

While often used like an em dash or a semi-colon, the colon has multiple uses to both keep our sentences and numbers in line. But when do we capitalize the word that follows it?

Fortunately, there are tricks to remembering when to capitalize after a colon.

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7 Ways to Keep Writing Over the Holidays

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They say that it’s the most wonderful time of the year…but is it?

Sure, everything’s lit up for the season with holiday lights. And, of course, there’s holiday shopping and holiday parties and holiday meals and holiday jingles and holiday decorations and holiday ceremonies and holiday concerts and holiday charity events and holiday dances and holiday fundraisers and holiday games and holiday cheer.

This time of year, everything is about the holidays—and no one only you care about finding time to write around the holidays.

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Active Voice vs Passive Voice

Active Voice vs Passive Voice via KLWightman.com
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If you are brave enough to let someone edit your work, be it an academic paper or the third chapter of your novel-in-progress, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen this scribbled out in bold red pen:

Use active voice here.

Well, wouldn’t it be helpful if they explained? Since your editor can’t hyperlink an example on traditional paper, you’re now searching the Internet to figure out the difference between active voice and passive voice.

Your search ends here.

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This Word Makes You a Very Lazy Writer

This Word Makes You a Very Lazy Writer Blog Post via KLWightman.com
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We’ve all used this word when we think, when we speak and when we write. It’s very easy to do.

See? I just used it.

Didn’t catch it? Let’s try this again.

It’s not an elaborate word, a controversial word, an out-of-date word or a trending word. It’s a word that we slip in to our sentence at the very last moment to emphasize our point.

Missed it again? I’ll spell it out for you.

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