Fact-Checking Tip

When fact-checking (fiction or nonfiction, your document or someone else’s), watch out for restrictive words: always, every, never, only. Inevitably, there will be an outlier.

For example, did you know:

The best thing you can be as a fact-checker is skeptical. If something doesn’t sound quite right, research it using scientific sources (i.e., not Wikipedia), and if you need to make a change to someone else’s document, cite the source(s).

Quick Tips for Authors: How to Structure Dialogue.

Today’s quick tip: When it comes to dialogue, everything goes inside the quotation marks (including commas).


Example 1: “No, no!” she yelled. “Not the antique vase!”

Example 2: “Why is it,” she asked, hands over her eyes, “that every time I leave the room for five minutes, you decide to go crazy?”

Example 3: “Cat, I love you every day, but sometimes I’m not so sure I like you.”