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Writer Tip – 3 Ways to Use Dashes

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LAST WEEK, I talked about sentences that go on and on. Like the energizer bunny, these guys can make a reader tired, confused, and ready to run screaming into the night.

Too melodramatic? You're probably right. And it's only 10:15, so I can't go claiming sleepiness as the blame for my random jaunts. I think I'll blame my dog. 🙂 For more about the hound, see my article from YESTERDAY.
Run-on sentences, especially the comma-splice kind, are such easy ruts

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

10 thoughts on “Writer Tip – 3 Ways to Use Dashes

  1. Good to know, thanks. Wait, wait. Good to know – thanks.

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  2. Thanks for the encouragement, C.Kay. Glad you like to visit! I'll be watching for those dashes, Daniel!

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  3. I didn't know dashes could be so useful. I may just use one.

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  4. Wow. I never realized how much a dash can help in writing sentences. That is really helpful. I always love the humor you put into your posts, Marji Laine. That alone can make the lessons you give enjoyable, but you also explain things so well that I can't help but enjoy them.-C. Kay Elsie

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  5. I was actually trying to figure out dashes yesterday, and now Marji has done all the work for me!Thanks so much for this humorous and informative post!

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  6. So thankful that alt-shortcuts stay the same between programs and websites!

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  7. I'm a fan of well-used em dashes. They can add some flavor to our writing. I'm going to try your 0150 tip on my WordPress blog. I hope it works.

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  8. Thanks for coming by, Gwendolyn. And I your post yesterday made me LAUGH!

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  9. Wow, thanks for the dash 101! And I didn't know that you could use a "m" dash by typing "alt" and "0150". That's good to know! I always love your humor, Marji Laine! Thanks for following my blog 🙂

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