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Summary: A brief exploration of the various aspects of sound that can be utilized when making a poem. The crafting of the aural aspects of a poem is what we may call "ear training."
March 2005 (In the process of answering an email, I accidentally wrote a tiny essay about writing. I usually spend weeks on an essay. This one took 67 minutes—23 of writing, and 44 of rewriting.)
Writing Style At its most basic, "style' in writing means two things: 1) the machinery of writing 2) the writer's voice. The nuts and bolts of sentence structure, for instance, are part of the grammar boilerplate we all agree to work with (#1).
Introducing Your Quotation A quotation should never be a sentence by itself. Some options for introducing your quotation: 1. Tell the reader who is saying/writing the quotation. Atticus asks, “‘Do you really think so?’”
Robert Harris Version Date: February 12, 2013 This article describes 2009 MLA Web citation style ( MLA Handbook , 7th ed.). The new seventh edition, released in March 2009 has instituted several significant changes over previous editions.
Summary: MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7 th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3 rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
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Lesson Two: Armored Prose–The Polysyllabic Prison ©2010 An Essay by Jack Remick and Robert Ray Armored prose is a metaphor for bad writing when you think you’re doing good writing. Armored prose comes from the intention of being proper on the page.
©2010 by Robert J Ray and Jack Remick When I teach style in a writing workshop, I have the writers circle nouns and verbs. Concrete nouns and strong verbs build word-pictures. A good example is the opening to A Farewell to Arms (1929), where a stationary narrator checks out the terrain of story: “In the late summer of that year, we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains.”
©2010 by Robert J Ray and Jack Remick The discipline of writing sometimes means you have to let go of what you know before you can discover the depth of the writing you seek. We have developed some techniques to take you deeper.
©2010 by Jack Remick and Robert J Ray Verbs do stuff. They do action.
"To Be" Verbs: List of Strong Action Verbs and Eliminating 'To Be' Verbs in Students Vocaulary and WritingStrategies for Eliminating Be Verbs 1) Change the be verb to a strong verb: Example: Tony is afraid of notebook checks . Tony fears notebook checks. Example: Billy is alarmed by the proximity of the shark. Billy motors away from the shark.
Pump Up Your Writing: Using Strong Verbs Posted by Debbie Maxwell Allen Tuesday, January 18, 2011 As a writer, you hear that you ought to avoid adverbs. That you shouldn't include strings of adjectives, or cliches . One way to do all three is to strengthen the verbs you use .
Big Word Hunting, Part One : What is a Strong Verb? Have you ever read a novel and been impressed with the originality of the author's use of verbs? One of the hallmarks of good fiction is the use of strong, original verbs.
A verb indicates the time of an action, event or condition by changing its form. Through the use of a sequence of tenses in a sentence or in a paragraph, it is possible to indicate the complex temporal relationship of actions, events, and conditions There are many ways of categorising the twelve possible verb tenses. The verb tenses may be categorised according to the time frame: past tenses, present tenses, and future tenses. Verb Tense: Time