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The Next Bestselling Novel*

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Since Mankind first climbed down from the trees and set about creating a civilization, we’ve been telling each other stories. Playwrights, essayists, and poets have been lauded throughout the millennia for keen insights and sharp turns of phrase.

Nowadays, it seems that everyone has a blog or two, or a Twitter account, or a half-dozen chat apps. We’re driven to reach out to an audience, hoping to find others receptive to our ideas, opinions, or visions.

November is National Novel Writing Month, affectionately known as NaNoWriMo. The goal is to write a short novel—50,000 words—by the end of the month. It doesn’t have to be a good novel, just a finished one.

If you are an aspiring writer, we urge you to jump in! Oh, and you’ll want plenty of coffee on hand to keep going. How about some mugs with helpful grammar guides?

1. Every Which Way But…

Don’t get lost trying to figure out which is which. This mug will remind you.

2. What’s a Meta for?

Editors literally cringe at this mistake.

3. Homophone-phobia

A preposition, a cardinal number, and an adverb walk into a bar… (And don’t get me started on the missing comma after “sugars.”)

4. Abstract vs. Concrete

Use “less” for nouns without specific quantities, and “fewer” for things you can count. I’m looking at you “12 Items or Less.”

5. ‘Fect Up

Your mug can effect a change in your writing habits, and affect others’, too!

6. There, there.

I propose we all adopt the single word “the’r.” That should clear up any confusion!

Even if you’re not a writer, you probably know some editors (or at least some really annoying sticklers for spelling and punctuation). We can custom print their favorite grammar gripe for you, so feel free to boldly split infinitives or declare that English spelling rules are “wierd,” just to mess with them.