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No Greater Love

Shadow Heart Throb
Randy Reynolds is living a nightmare & sees no means of escape except death, until he is saved by a man called Shadow. learn more
Heart Throb
Irascible, grumpy, rude, tetchy, remote – scared. Viciöus’s bassist, Brand Kife is hiding a secret & it takes everything he has to ignore Lexi, until he can’t. learn more
Elizabeth in the New World Rescued
Elizabeth in the New World
Jane Austen's most famous lovers, Darcy & Elizabeth return in a tale of romance, adventure & danger set in the heart of the Caribbean. learn more
A heart-warming anthology of 8 great stories about love & rescuing each other while saving a dog in need. Proceeds go to Project Freedom Ride. learn more

Writer's World

Tips & Answers to Qs

Numbers in Dialogue

We get a lot of feedback on this topic after editors and copy editors have had their say.

Here are the rules:

Writers Digest says that people speak in words, not numbers.

Strunk & White Elements of Style 4th edition says:
Do not spell out numerals, unless they are being used in dialogue.

The Chicago Manual of Style (the most common guide used
by publishers including Boroughs) says,
Spell out numbers in dialogue.
However, years, such as 2010 or 1938, and numbers in brand names,
such as 7-Eleven and 3M, can be rendered as numerals.
The “can be” relates to stylistic preference.

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From the Editor's Desk

Travel Any Way You Can

Travel Any Way You Can

Some of us aren’t in a position to get on a boat, plane or train and take off for a couple of weeks. Some of us aren’t able to jump in the car and get away from it all for a few days. But all of us live in or near a place where there’s something unique and interesting about the area you call home.

If you haven’t explored lately, do it. Put on your traveller’s hat and act like a tourist in your hometown. Aside from learning about your surroundings, you’ll find at least one fact or place you knew nothing about, and, odds are there are a ton more than one.

A great way to gain “new eyes” is to play tour guide to visiting friends or family. If you haven’t walked the trail in the nearest state or national park, take a hike. The great outdoors are a wonderful balm, and when your mind is clear, new story ideas come flooding in.

When was the last time you went to a play at the community theater? It’s fun. It supports local culture, and you get to see your neighbors singing, dancing or being Tinkerbell. Sometimes shocking, at the very least, it’s a far cry, and usually more entertaining, from having a quick chat in line at the grocery store. For folks that live in big cities, go see the touring company of a Broadway play. Any two hours when your brain is focused on the exquisiteness of top-notch playwriting, combined with powerhouse acting, is never a bad thing. Do you live near museums and/or art galleries? Take a few hours and let the wonder of someone else’s expression of art seep into you.

Sure, most of us don’t have the time to do this every week, but you should make it a semi-regular occurrence. Broadening your horizons is not limited to trekking with a Sherpa in the Himalayas. We have a world of beauty around us, and taking it in makes you a better person, and a better writer.

If you can’t get out, but want to tour around, try a few of these websites:

Met Museum -- American Museum of Natural History -- National Park Service

National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty -- The Louvre

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art -- Experience Australia in 360°

Top 10 Wonderful Japanese Gardens -- Nairobi, Kenya

Rome Reborn: Take a Virtual Tour of Ancient Rome, Circa 320 C.E.