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Josephine Holmes

Josephine Holmes Josephine is a freelance copy editor who enjoys writing prose and encouraging writers. You can contact her at YukonCopyEditor@gmail.com.

Without "of," writers would most certainly be rendered impotent in prose, poetry and all other genres. Read more

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Let's look at some creative, perhaps unconventional ways to begin sentences: ... Start with intrigue: Stone cold, he passed from this life. White. Stiff. But smiling. Read more

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Over a mug of root beer, the editor of What's Up Yukon, Darrell Hookey, extols his particular Christmas Wish List. Read more

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I say, "Fall." You think ... ? OK, hard to play that game here, but I would guess that your word associations may include such things as school (school supplies ... freedom!), Thanksgiving, family ... maybe even that dreaded word – snow. Read more

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Whoa! I'm not telling you what to think; I'm just telling you (by these expressionistic marks [!!!]) how to think it. Read more

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The comma is not vital to our survival, but it is vital to our success as writers. Commas can have a jolting effect on readers when they are overused or used improperly. Read more

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Imagine taking a roller coaster ride and then writing about it as if you were still on the ride. That is an example of a "live-it, tell-it" style of journalism ... Read more

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In the world of syntax, grammatical relationships within sentences, there are extroverts and there are introverts. Read more

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Before your vocal chords burst into the the chorus from Julie Andrews' "My Favorite Things" (dash it all, I hate to spoil your fun), I'm not talking about those kinds of things. Something better. Some wonderful resources for writing and editing ... Read more

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A great lead sets the reader up for what is to follow and, of course, what follows should be great as well. Read more

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In a world where imagination is the only contender and where the laws of physics are hotly contested—in the circus world—the act of balancing rivals even the act of breathing. The world of writing involves balancing acts, as well. Read more

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"Jesus wept ..." See how effective a simple sentence can be? And if you were to read the powerful text surrounding it, you would gain an even greater understanding of its potency. Read more

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Use the first sentence or two of each paragraph to point the reader in the right direction. It should draw the leader into the paragraph. Read more

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For writers considering whether to use the active or passive voice in What's Up Yukon, remember that we are, as a rule, a generous, giving bunch and that it is truly better to give than to receive. Read more

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At What's Up Yukon, it's as easy as one, two, three. That's right, this one's about numbers. And ... it gets complicated. Again, this is where your publication's House Style trumps everything else. Read more

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Oh yeah … I almost forgot … The semicolon also doubles as a wink—;—not to be used in What’s Up Yukon. Read more

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When decoding a sentence becomes labour-intensive, the ghost of fresh-brewed goodness rises from the subconscious (Where are those car keys!). Read more

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Similes and metaphors infuse our language with richness and power. Read more

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Rising just above the horizon, the moon appears larger than it actually is, much larger than when it's overhead (ask James Cackette). The colon is like that—Abracadabra!—appearing in a way that has a sometimes-magical affect. Read more

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The muse is a mysterious woman, pursued then waited for, enticed then pleaded with; until she is loosed in our imagination. She is sometimes elusive and sometimes bold, declaring her presence. Read more

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