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Writing Tip #42: Use Figures of Speech: Similes

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Use figures of speech: Similes. Of the figures of speech, similes are among the most common. A simile is a direct comparison, where the writer describes by comparing something to something else. Similes include the comparison words “like” or “as.” Avoid all of the numerous simile clichés: red as a rose, dead as a doornail, light as a feather. Similes …

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What a Comma Splice Is and How to Fix It

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I just read this sentence on a student paper:

“Everybody is different, throughout history, though, stereotypes have caused big problems.”

This is an example of a common problem among young writers: the comma splice. Let’s take a look at what a comma splice is and how to fix it.

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The Heroic Journey 10: The Premise, or What the Story’s About

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This article is another guest post from author and former WriteAtHome writing coach, David Sims. The series discusses the common characteristics of great stories.

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Getting Articles Straight: A, An, or The?

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Some student writers just have a hard time knowing which article to choose. I marked a paper recently with the sentence below:

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Sunday Comic: Allergic to Grammar Errors

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Okay, this one’s a tad gruesome, but I had to share. Thanks, David Sims!

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