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Few and Plain Is Best

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Some writing advice from John Ruskin (1819-1900).  Ruskin was a writer and artist, but is best known as an art critic during the Victorian Era. His words here are both wise and pithy. “Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them and in the plainest possible words or …

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SAT Word #2: benevolent

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Remember, simple memorization without context has only limited, short-term value for expanding your vocabulary. Do as many of the exercises …

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Video Post #1: Memorizing Linking Verbs

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Grammar video lesson: How to memorize the auxiliary (helping) verbs.

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The Sentence: Good to Great

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My friend and writer David Sims recommended an interview of Louis Markos about finding and writing great sentences. Markos says the following …

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Best Tip Ever for Teaching Writers

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To a young writer, pointing out what is excellent is just as helpful as pointing out errors.

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