Writing Tips

Revisiting why spelling matters

Note: The WritingEssentials blog is on hiatus. Meanwhile, favorite posts will be published with updates. Ellen ~~ At a recent editing workshop, the instructor pulled out an old “chestnut,” a passage that contains jumbled words (with the first and last letters intact) which supposedly demonstrates that despite misspellings, the human mind can comprehend what is …

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Grammatical errors and other matters of style

Writers can use their understanding of grammar rules and sentence syntax to shape their stylistic choices. As discussed in the previous post, when writers make “accurate, effective, and helpful punctuation choices,” this adds to their competency and authority as a writers, asserts Martha Kolln in Rhetorical Grammar (84). While grammar handbooks and in-house style guides …

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How is integrating quotations achieved?

In this post, we’ll focus on integrating quotations into your writing, last one directly related to those on the list of Top Twenty errors. This topic is connecteded to the three previous posts which focused on smooth-running sentences because it deals with handling borrowed material, including quotations that are used in writing primarily in non-fiction …

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What are parallel sentence structures?

Parallel sentence structures, or parallelism is the principle of expressing similar ideas in a similar or parallel way. Parallelism appears in the list of Top Twenty under error #10, Faulty Sentence Structure. In previous posts, we discussed other structure errors such as fragments, run-ons, and comma splices. There are additional faulty sentence structures can jar …

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