I am new in the area of writing with a focus on publishing. One thing I have realized as I move forward is that I have forgotten so much about grammar, punctuation and the English language. It surprised me that the smallest things niggled at me. I should know this stuff. I realize this is the first draft and finishing should be the goal. I can't help going back if only to remember where I had been with the story and where I was going. Fact checking so to speak. That is where those glaring fundamental faux pas raise their hands and say "look at me!"
Writing dialog is one area of focus that I need to watch, combining descriptive text with dialog and how paragraphs work, dialog tags - you know the drill. The good thing about dialog is that not everyone speaks in a grammatically correct manner as I so often remind my inner critic.
How about when to use a hyphen versus ellipses? Small stuff that is not so small considering this is fundamental language arts. I can go back and fix it later but it still jumps out at me as I review.
A writer should know how to write yes? The mechanics of writing and understanding them should be in a writer's basic tool kit. Luckily Google is your friend especially when you are stuck somewhere in your plot and need a diversion.
Never stop learning or honing your skills.
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