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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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Descriptive Writing Prompt: Guess Which Zoo Animal?

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A popular descriptive writing assignment for middle-schoolers…

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Just Some Crazy Wordy Stuff

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It’s the weekend. I thought I’d share some thingamajigs I’ve discovered recently. All made me chuckle at least. And all are related to writing and/or grammar. Enjoy!

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Start in the Middle: In Medias Res

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Ancient Greek poets like Homer understood the value of grabbing a reader’s attention. Today’s writers can benefit from the epic convention of starting in medias res.

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Words We Confuse that Spellcheckers Miss, Parts I and J

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The next in an ongoing series of posts on troublesome spelling situations caused by homophones. This article looks at homophones beginning with I and J.

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