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Facebook Twitter, My English Teacher, My English, the site for ESL, EFL, English and English as a second language students and teachers. Grammar. How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method. 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Gets Wrong. I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward.

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Gets Wrong

If there’s one thing I am grateful for — and it sure isn’t the pay — it’s that my work has allowed endless time to hone my craft to Louis Skolnick levels of grammar geekery. As someone who slings red ink for a living, let me tell you: grammar is an ultra-micro component in the larger picture; it lies somewhere in the final steps of the editing trail; and as such it’s an overrated quasi-irrelevancy in the creative process, perpetuated into importance primarily by bitter nerds who accumulate tweed jackets and crippling inferiority complexes.

But experience has also taught me that readers, for better or worse, will approach your work with a jaundiced eye and an itch to judge. Welcome to Sarvagnan - English. Grammar Chants for ESL. Grammar chants can be a lot of fun to use in classes.

Grammar Chants for ESL

They are especially effective when used to help students learn problematic forms. Grammar chants use repetition to engage the right side of the brain's 'musical' intelligence. The use of multiple intelligences can go a long way to helping students speak English 'automatically'. Here are a number of chants for some of the most common beginning level problem areas. Grammar Punk: Grammar Games and Grammar Lessons to Make Teaching Grammar Fun.

Welcome to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) How to use a semicolon. How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method.

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I Write Like. 7 Ways to Use Brain Science to Hook Readers. Writing and brain science Story is universal.

7 Ways to Use Brain Science to Hook Readers

There isn’t a society on earth that doesn’t tell stories. It’s no wonder, because stories captivate us in a way nothing else can. And yet, until recently, story was primarily seen as a delightful form of entertainment. Sure, we thought, stories make life much more enjoyable, but they don’t play a necessary role when it comes to survival. Wrong! 100 Exquisite Adjectives. By Mark Nichol Adjectives — descriptive words that modify nouns — often come under fire for their cluttering quality, but often it’s quality, not quantity, that is the issue.

100 Exquisite Adjectives

Plenty of tired adjectives are available to spoil a good sentence, but when you find just the right word for the job, enrichment ensues. Practice precision when you select words. Fifty (50!) Tools Which Can Help You in Writing. Editing Wizard. British and American terms - Oxford Dictionaries Online.

British and American English often spell the same word differently, for example: labour/labor, enthrall/enthral, or centre/center.

British and American terms - Oxford Dictionaries Online

You can find out more about these differences here. There are also many cases in which the two varieties of English use different terms to describe the same thing. Here’s a list of various British words and expressions together with their American equivalents. Guide to Writing Competitions, Literary Agents & More.

Book Ideas for Young Writers. 25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing. I read this cool article last week — “30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself” — and I thought, hey, heeeey, that’s interesting.

25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing

Writers might could use their own version of that. So, I started to cobble one together. And, of course, as most of these writing-related posts become, it ended up that for the most part I’m sitting here in the blog yelling at myself first and foremost. That is, then, how you should read this: me, yelling at me. If you take away something from it, though? Then go forth and kick your writing year in the teeth. Onto the list. How to Write Better: 7 Instant Fixes.

Does your writing stand out?

How to Write Better: 7 Instant Fixes

Do you worry whether your writing is good enough? I can see you nodding your head. You are not alone. Every writer has doubts about his or her writing. The easiest way to write your life story. William Shunn : Manuscript Format : Short Story. WriteWords - Writing Community - jobs, directory, forums, articles for writers.

Plot Scenario Generator. 25 Things You Should Know About Word Choice. 1.

25 Things You Should Know About Word Choice

A Series Of Word Choices Here’s why this matters: because both writing and storytelling comprise, at the most basic level, a series of word choices. Words are the building blocks of what we do. They are the atoms of our elements. Internet Resources - Writers Resources - Writing Links & Writers Links for Writers - Word Stuff.

36 Writing Essays by Chuck Palahniuk. 1: Establishing Your Authority Chuck teaches two principal methods for building a narrative voice your readers will believe in.

36 Writing Essays by Chuck Palahniuk

Discover the Heart Method and the Head Method and how to employ each to greatest effect. A. Victoria Mixon, Editor & Blog Archive & 10 Things To Do To Become a Better Writer in 10 Days. Questionnaires for Writing Character Profiles - Creative Writing Help. *FRESH YARN * The Online Salon for personal essays * Brought to you by Hillary Carlip. 201 Ways to Arouse Your Creativity. Arouse your creativity Electric flesh-arrows … traversing the body.

201 Ways to Arouse Your Creativity

A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm. ~ Anais Nin Creativity is like sex. I know, I know. The people I speak of are writers. Below, I’ve exposed some of their secret tips, methods, and techniques. Write One Letter & Get Five Letters Back from The Rumpus. 25 Things You Should Know About Character.

Previous iterations of the “25 Things” series: Kurt Vonneguts 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story. 50 Problem Words and Phrases. Daily Grammar Archive - Comprehensive Archive of Grammar Lessons.