Writing

  • I Write Like…Me?

    By Rebecca Garland on May 10, 2012
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    I recently came across a fun writing toy and I’ve just spent the last hour playing around on it. It’s not earth-shattering, nor is it going to change the world, but it does illustrate a point rather nicely. Your voice is a secret writing weapon, so use it. Here’s the toy: http://iwl.me/ “I Write Like” is a website where you […]
  • How Writers Can Prepare for the Perfect Interview

    By Guest on May 2, 2012
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    By: Andrew Kardon Now you've done it. After  years of planning and negotiating, you finally snagged an interview with that reclusive semi-celebrity. Good for you! But... uh... now what? Lining up a key interview subject (whether for an in-person or phone interview) is just the first step. There are so many things that could possibly go wrong. Sorry, but it's […]
  • Messy Subjects and Verbs

    By Rebecca Garland on February 2, 2012
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    This morning, as I worked with my kids at school, I realized just how often subjects and verbs get complicated and mismatched. This happens most frequently when you have more than one noun in the subject in the sentence. Consider the following: One of the boys jump over the fence. One of the boys jumps over the fence. Which one […]
  • The Secret to Using Commas Correctly

    By Melissa Breau on January 10, 2012
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    Grammar, in so many ways, is like the seasoning in a soup. A dash of salt and a pinch of pepper and the soup tastes amazing—too much though, and you get an uneatable mess. Too little and you get a bland broth. In order to be a good cook, you need to know your herbs and spices. Well in order […]
  • Idiotic Idioms

    By Rebecca Garland on December 8, 2011
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    While we all love a good colloquialism, there is most certainly too much of a good thing at times. Idioms, or those charming expressions that don’t make any sense to anyone outside of your area, can be overused. We’ve done a bit on the more offensive and odd slang in the (American) English language, but there are plenty of more […]
  • Yay! It’s Yeah and Yea!

    By Rebecca Garland on September 29, 2011
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    This is driving me crazy. I just got an email with the subject, “Yeah a Birthday Baby is Born”. I’m not sure the sender (who is not known for her grammatical prowess) meant to sound as sarcastic as the teenagers we teach, but to someone who knows the difference between “yeah”, “yea” and “yay”, she did. And just what is […]
  • What Your Writing Says about You

    By Rebecca Garland on September 1, 2011
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    Nobody’s perfect, but most of try to get as close as possible, at least in our writing. Over the years, I’ve developed a laidback approach to the grammar and spellings of others, probably because I’m bombarded with bad spelling mistakes and grammar choices on any given day. Unlike many other writers, I also feel there are markets for all sorts […]
  • Writing Mistakes I See Too Often

    By Rebecca Garland on July 21, 2011
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    Typos are a way of life and even reviewing your own work can be tricky since you tend to read what you meant to say rather than what you actually said. Then, there is an entirely different kind of writing goofs – these aren’t accidents from your finger slipping on the keyboard. These are blatant errors and if you’re making […]
  • Tricky Words: Past, Passed, Except and Accept

    By Rebecca Garland on June 23, 2011
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    In the last week, two tricky word patterns have made it to my attention. This is particularly interesting since I’m not in the classroom over the summer, where I usually am assaulted by word problems. Here are my most recent scenarios: Scenario 1: The Email for Past and Passed I was asked via email about the words “past” and “passed.” […]
  • Grammar Police: 3 Common Grammar Mistakes

    By Melissa Breau on April 8, 2011
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    Today many people learn grammar by ear and application rather than through rules and an understanding of proper sentence structure. But there are a few quick rules you can learn that will help you avoid the grammar police. Here are a few of my favorites: Which is proper English? Most people know that there's a difference between American English and […]