Punctuation, Tense, POV, and Other Landmines

Alex Miner: Punctuation, Tense, POV, and Other Landmines

 

Are em dashes ever necessary? How do you switch into past perfect tense and stay there without sounding awkward? How soon after a character announces that a snake has slithered into her pillowcase should the writer add an attributive?

Where do we draw the line between third person limited and third person omniscient? And what in the world is a misplaced modifier? Mr. Miner summons the power of research and his background as an educator to lay to rest common worries about mechanics no writer wants to look up.