Community: You Want It.

Posted February 1, 2013 by Amanda Shofner in Blogging
Community: You Want It.

Community is a word that seems to be on everyone’s fingers lately, and there’s a very good reason why. Establishing community is your key to success. It has worked for me as a teacher, a blogger, and a read-a-thon host. Belonging to a group satisfies the desire within us to connect with other like-minded, caring individuals. […]

Tenses: What Can They Tell Us?

Posted December 15, 2012 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Tenses: What Can They Tell Us?

You already know what tense is and why it’s important. Now we’re going to take it further and discuss what these tense and aspect combinations can tell us. Beware. This post will be full of technical terms and grammar concepts. I’ve kept it as simple as I can. What’s this all about? Tense is one […]

Grammar Tricks

Posted October 15, 2012 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Grammar Tricks

Posts about common grammar mistakes are plentiful on the Internet. However, many of them fail to be very helpful for the non-grammarian, because grammar is used to explain grammar. Without a strong background and interest in grammar, posts like these are not going to make a lasting impression. A grammar-explaining-grammar might go something like this: “Your […]

Simple Comma Rules 3-4

Posted September 15, 2012 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Simple Comma Rules 3-4

The post Simple Comma Rules 3-4 is part of a series called Writing Tips. This series is devoted to helping you become a better and more effective writer. To see previous Writing Tips posts, click here. Two weeks ago, I talked about two simple comma rules: clarifying information in lists and separating clauses in complex sentences. Today we […]