Google the lyrics to the beloved Christmas carol “Away in a Manger” and you will find two versions of the second line, each with a different verb: The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head. The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head. So, which is correct? Does It Matter? In an important sense it doesn’t matter at …
One of the amazing things about WriteAtHome as a web-based program is that we can reach students around the world. In fact, I just learned that we currently have fall students from 18 different countries:
One step that student writers frequently overlook is the first one — prewriting. They launch into composing before taking the time to plan and organize their thoughts. This kind of impatience often turns out to be costly. Papers written without wise preparation are not only poorer in quality, but frequently more time-consuming than papers written with attention to the prewriting phase. That’s right — skipping this step can actually cost you time.
I’ve always felt that the hardest part of writing is getting started. There’s a mental inertia that I have to overcome. I know it must be done. I know the longer I wait, the worse it will be. I know that once I get going, it will get easier — that words will start to flow. But knowing all that just makes me want to take a nap. Or get coffee. And a muffin.
Life is hectic as school days approach, so today I’m reposting from an old blog. Enjoy!
A Tom Swifty is a quip where an adverb attached to a dialogue tag carries both a literal and a “punny” meaning.