Have you ever been confused about how to use or conjugate lay and lie? Mix-ups between these verbs is common, but with a few simple tips, you can always feel confident in your word choice.
When should you use apostrophes with omitted letters and possessives? Which way should they face? A few simple rules will help you use apostrophes with confidence.
Tenant/tenet, then/than, bad/badly—do you really know the difference? Here are some words that writers commonly confuse and examples on how to use them.
When recounting events, “then” is a weak transition. Try eliminating “then” with specific references to time or location, or by listing characteristics. The excessive use of “then” can quickly become repetitive and is a lazy way of showing sequences of events.
Punctuation usually goes inside quotation marks, especially in dialogue, but that is not always the case with other usage. Deciding where to put punctuation with quotation marks is simple if you follow a few rules.
We see authors using a variety of single and double quotation marks in text, especially in dialog. Which way is the “right” way to do it? When should a double quotation mark be used versus a single quotation mark?
Improper em dash formation screams inexperience, but em dashes are simple to make, and all authors can become an expert in a few minutes. Understand not only how to form em dashes, but also the difference between American and British usage. Start looking like a pro!
Do you get sick of writing “he said/she said” or are you unsure how to punctuate dialogue tags? Do you use too many -ly adverbs that drive readers crazy? Dialogue tags can be complicated—something that the editors at My Book Cave have noticed when reviewing books. But worry no more. Here are eight tips that will help you write and punctuate dialogue tags well, so that your book will be one step closer to promotion on our content-rated site.