The Golden Book On Writing By David Lambuth / 1923 Writing Advice

Tonight the dash! —–


A dash should be used after an incomplete sentence, phrase or clause.

A dash is often used to indicate an abrupt break in the thought or construction of a sentence-a break too abrupt for commas, but not abrupt enough to demand the unsightly parentheses.

Note. Ordinarily do not combine a dash with a comma. The dash is complete in itself.

_____________________ By David Lambuth__________

Some great advice from Dash-iell Hammett via The Writer’s Digest, June 1924 –

” If you have a story that seems worth telling, and you think you can tell it worthily, then the thing for you to do is to tell it, regardless of whether it has to do with sex, sailors or mounted police. “

dashiell hammett


” She walked across the dance floor and picked up the heel of her shoe, on the oak floor her paramour, a saber  beside him. “


Have a breathtaking night and remember….. never dance while holding a sword!

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