Author: Amanda Shofner

Parts of Speech + Parts of a Sentence

Posted November 1, 2011 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Parts of Speech + Parts of a Sentence

Whenever I teach grammar, I push the importance of recognizing, and understanding the functions of, the parts of speech and parts of a sentence. My students always resist at first, and while they may never like dealing with parts of speech, they learn to appreciate how their knowledge helps them with writing. I usually break […]

Editing Myth #2: I can edit my own work

Posted October 10, 2011 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Editing Myth #2: I can edit my own work

  I can edit my own work! Editing Truth: You’re the worst person to edit your work. Perhaps that truth is a little harsh, but what it comes down to is this: you know what you meant to say. No matter how many times you pore over what you wrote, your mind will fill in any […]

Spell Check Isn’t Your Friend

Posted September 12, 2011 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Spell Check Isn’t Your Friend

Editing truth: spell check is your frenemy. While I won’t deny it can be incredibly useful, especially for bad spellers, spell check can very easily lead you astray. Why? Spell check doesn’t check your spelling. It compares the words you wrote against the computer’s internal dictionary. If a word isn’t on the list, it’s flagged as incorrect. If […]