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The Heroic Journey 11: Finding the Premise

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Let’s say we want to write about Milt, teacher who’s burned out on his job and wants to rediscover his passion. He quits his job, buys a camper, and starts driving across America.

In Tennessee, Milt meets a poor, old lady who’s about to lose her house to developers…

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Myth Buster: Never Start a Sentence with Because

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This grammar myth is, thankfully, less pervasive than some others I’ve addressed. Still, I regularly encounter folks who believe there is a general prohibition against starting a sentence with the word because. Others, who’ve never heard of this dubious rule, scratch their heads when they hear it because it seems so arbitrary.

It’s not, however. There is a reasonable explanation for the idea that a sentence beginning with because is anathema.

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Troublesome Homophones: Why You Can’t Trust Spell-Checkers

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Homophones are words that sound the same (homo = same, phone = voice/sound. Get it?). Homophones can be spelled the …

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What a Comma Splice Is and How to Fix It

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I just read this sentence on a student paper:

“Everybody is different, throughout history, though, stereotypes have caused big problems.”

This is an example of a common problem among young writers: the comma splice. Let’s take a look at what a comma splice is and how to fix it.

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