Monthly Archives: November 2009

A Writer’s Checklist

You’ve nurtured an idea, slaved over every word, and you’re ready to send your words out into the world. But wait! Have you reread your work? Unfortunately, many small, easily fixed errors can creep into your copy (I’m always finding … Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder

Could your writing use some oomph? Try using one of these words this week: statusphere: the realm of status updates on the Web through different platforms and networking sites delineate: to mark out in words twitturgy: tweeting about religion mussitation: … Continue reading

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That Which Has a Tail, Part 2: Quiz Answers

Did you try the exercise in yesterday’s That Which Has a Tail post? Here are the correct answers: The letter that came today was nice than the one that came yesterday. Usually my mail, which is delivered at noon, is … Continue reading

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That Which Has a Tail

Someone recently asked me the difference between that and which. I stumbled through a response, knowing I wasn’t doing an adequate job of it. Herewith, a (hopefully) better answer. By the way, if you speak the Queen’s English, the answer … Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder

Improve your writing by increasing your vocabulary. This week’s list: Nurturance: going beyond nurturing, the nourishment and emotional and physical care of someone. Acrostic: a poem in which the first letter of the first word in every line spells out … Continue reading

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Who vs. Whom and Other Writing Bugaboos

Every writer has them: little points of grammar she can never remember. Is it who or whom? When is effect the right word? Is it i.e. or e.g., and what do they stand for anyway? Herewith, a few points to … Continue reading

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