Simple Comma Rules 1-2

Posted September 1, 2012 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Simple Comma Rules 1-2

The post Simple Comma Rules 1-2 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. Growing up, the only guideline for using commas that I remember receiving was vague: commas go where you would naturally […]

Grammar Awareness and You: Part 2

Posted August 15, 2012 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Grammar Awareness and You: Part 2

Two weeks ago, we discussed why having grammar awareness is vital to having good grammar skills. Today we will explore ways you can work to increase your own awareness of grammar without taking a grammar course. Learning to be aware of grammar is probably one of the most difficult tasks you will face on your […]

Grammar Awareness and You: Part 1

Posted August 1, 2012 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Grammar Awareness and You: Part 1

Grammar Awareness and You: Part 1 seeks to explain the necessity of having grammar awareness in addition to learning grammar rules.  If your goal is to better your grammar skills, memorizing grammar rules is not going to be enough. Is it a start? Yes, definitely. Grammar rules are essential. One cannot use language without grammar […]

Editing Myth #3: One editing pass is enough.

Posted December 13, 2011 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Editing Myth #3: One editing pass is enough.

  Editing Truth: You need more than one editing pass. Whenever I write something for my blog, or anything anyone else sees, I read over it multiple times. I’ll probably read through this post 10+ times by the time I’ve finished writing it.  But even then, I can almost guarantee there will still be some […]

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 […]