“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist”- Picasso

During the time I’ve spent editing manuscripts, I realized, when it comes to fiction writing, most of those English grammar rules that we’ve been taught, are for the most part, suggested uses and will depend on preference, style and in some cases, whether it’s American English or British English.

Some say never use adverbs or crutch words. You may have also heard that sentences should not begin with a conjunction or end with a preposition. Others claim that it’s better to use ‘towards’ as opposed to ‘toward’ and ‘inquire’ and not ‘enquire’.

Here on this page, I’ll help you understand these so-called ‘grammar-rules’ and learn when and how to use them appropriately in your manuscript. Each myth and tip will contain a brief exploration of the etymology of words/parts of speech mentioned.

This page is updated each week so visit again for new Grammar Myths & Tips!

The Terminal Preposition

Inquire vs Enquire

The Oxford Comma

Toward or Towards?

Adverbs in Fiction Writing

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