1. Repeating themselves.
In high school (and sometime beyond) there are unhelpful rules from teachers relating to number of paragraphs, minimum lines per paragraph, and number of quotes per paragraph. Page length, word count, and more fit under this heading as well. Too many times
I've seen students try to say the same thing in a different way in order to puff up their...
Here are few few pieces of advice to motivate you while writing- fiction or nonfiction!
First and foremost, know your subject. If you are writing a story, know your characters. If you are writing an essay, research the topic. The more information you have, the clearer your topic becomes to explain or argue.
Second, be passionate! Whether...
Most writing geeks are not fans of adverbs, and I'm no exception. If you believe you're a good writer who has mastered the basics (maybe you've received good comments from your teachers, professors, or peers), consider eliminating as many adverbs as you
can from your writing and replacing them with good, strong verbs.
An example: She walked slowly into the classroom.
How would I answer negative questions in the correct way?
For example: Are you not going with us?
No = Meaning I'm not going with them?
Yes= I am going with them?
English Negative Questions:
Question: Do you not like the food?
How would I response using yes or no?
Would yes mean I like it?
And no mean I don't like it?
1. Try to use Word. It gives you pointers and lets you know when a word is misspelled.
2. Always get a second set of eyes to read over your paper. They will catch mistakes you won't from looking at it so long.
3. If you aren't sure about something, Google it!
Tips on how to write in a way that is more formal. How to avoid colloquial words.
Faced with a blank page does your brain feel just as bare? Writing has two different processes that at times seem to be in conflict. There is the creative side and there is the analytical side. While both are necessary it is important to be mindful
of allowing a certain separateness. Yes, structure is important, but your voice and creativity give your writing life. Freewriting...
A lot of people simply don't enjoy writing--and they do their best to take any shortcuts they can find to make the process shorter. One shortcut is avoiding outlines. Outlines can seem like just another cumbersome step. Why not just get the words on the
paper and get the thing done?
But outlines serve at least two purposes: generating ideas and organizing the content. Many writers...
Statisticians say that the average person writes about 55,000 words per year. That's enough to fill a novel. This statistic measures everything from thank you notes to work emails. However, I'm sure the average college student far exceeds this number.
Therefore, it's no wonder that most students I work with are seeking help with their writing. Needless to say, with such a word filled future...
So I really wanted to talk about something I find very important, especially for those learning to master the English language. I realized that the minimal emphasis on spelling in public schools led to a major fault in the younger generation's writing
skills. I found that unless a child reads often, it's hard for them to determine what "there"...
Have you ever been assigned a paper and then just sat there staring at a blank page or screen because you didn't know what to write? Many of us have been there at one time or another. My son (whom I will probably write about quite a bit) struggled with
ADHD throughout his childhood and still battles it occasionally. One thing I had him try when he was in 5th grade was to write...
This is a question I find a lot of people grapple with, whether they be adults, teenagers or children. The love of reading, of transporting yourself into a different world, is a way to escape. Writing, whether it be an analytic essay or the next epic adventure,
requires the ability to reach into your mind and actively confront yourself – and that is not an easy feat to manage.
Computerized spell-check can be a handy time-saver when writing papers, and many students swear by it. However amazing it may be, though, spell-check is still just a computer program, and as such should not be considered a substitute for proofreading with
human eyes. As evidence, here are three common mistakes that spell-check won't catch.
Spell-check uses a dictionary...
For my first blog post here on Wyzant, what better topic could there be than on writing itself?
Today I would like to share with you a simple framework for producing quality writing. I call these "The 3 P's of the Writing Process."
Step 1: Prepare.
In order to write something for someone else, the first objective you must accomplish is understanding exactly...
As a teacher of concurrent multiple disciplines in a small school, I have taught all core subjects, focusing on writing throughout the curriculum. I found that many of my students had become disenfranchised in school, due in large part to their feelings
of discouragement in writing. Although my students were of high school age, (14 to 21), many were ESL students and almost all had IEP's relating...
Have you ever thought about your writing process? How do you tackle your written assignments? What feelings, ideas or fears does the thought...
It takes practice to find your writing style, whether it be in fiction, research papers, or analytical essays. The best piece of writing is both grammatically correct and organized, but also contains the essence of the person who's writing it. When I correct
students' papers, I try to avoid suggesting alternate sentences in their entirety, since a paper written by you shouldn't sound like one...
I know how they told you to write it. Now let me tell you how it's really done. Popular misconception is that because you read a paper from start to finish, that the best way to write it is from start to finish. This is, of course, nonsense. The best way
to write a thesis paper is as follows.
Write your conclusion first.
That's right... the easiest way to write a 5-paragraph...
I am new to Wyzant but have been a part time tutor in a variety of subjects for 6 years. One of the most common subjects I help students in is English/Writing, and it is by far the most difficult. The challenge is not knowing how to write a great essay
given the prompt, but how to get the student to write the essay using his/her own voice, style and structure...