Over the years, as I’ve become a professional writer, I have learned what I know about my craft by not only experiencing the editing process but by availing myself of theChicago Manual of Style. I regularly attend seminars on writing craft and have invested in many books written by editors and famous authors.
I do write reviews for books I enjoyed, and in the course of reading for two review blogs, I have seen many books written by wonderful authors who overuse em or en dashes instead of proper punctuation when they are trying to emphasize a particular thought.
I also tend to do that in blogging and in Facebook posts, and that habit bleeds over into my first drafts. It’s incredibly easy to rely on them too heavily. However, I find it distracting to see an em dash in every paragraph or even on every page. If we…
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