Ellen

What is subject-verb agreement? (review)

Note: The WritingEssentials blog is on hiatus. Meanwhile, favorite posts will be published with updates. Ellen ~~ A recent request about SAT tutoring sent me to review the writing and grammar questions the Scholastic Aptitude Test, as well as the American College Test (ACT). These exams focus on errors that are often on lists identifying …

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Reviewing the difference between editing and revision

Note: The WritingEssentials blog is on hiatus. Meanwhile, favorite posts will be published with updates. Ellen ~~ With the return of my Continuing Ed Writing Workshop, I am reminded of the confusion and even reluctance of beginning and nonprofessional writer over editing and revision. Many of these writers, even if they’ve produced a lot of …

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How mechanics are used with quotation marks

Note: The WritingEssentials blog is on hiatus. Meanwhile, favorite posts will be published with updates. Ellen ~~ As my Adult Ed Writing Workshop goes virtual this year, I am reminded by the work of issues that plague writers, whether beginning or experienced. Despite being good readers, participants are not always able to decide on the …

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writing autobiographical or personal stories

Note: The WritingEssentials blog is on hiatus. Meanwhile, favorite posts will be published with updates. Ellen ~~ The New York Times Book Review had a recent essay in which the writer, herself an author of memoirs about her family, poses an interesting definition of a well-crafted memoir that “involves archival research, hours of taped interviews …

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Be concise and cut the deadwood

Note: The WritingEssentials blog is on hiatus. Meanwhile, favorite posts will be published with updates. Ellen ~~ Poetry, which is often compresses a lot of detail and meaning into smaller spaces, relies on finding the exact or right words. With the recent performances of Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet and the only poet to …

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Revisiting subordination by verbals

Note: The WritingEssentials blog is on hiatus. Meanwhile, favorite posts will be published with updates. Ellen ~~ At a recent writer’s conference, a literary agent was talking about signs of weak writing, something we talked about in a recent post on subordination by reduction. Weak writing can occur when write a sentence explaining something you …

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