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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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Write Like You Talk

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Why you should write like you talk…

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It Has Become Uncool To Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About

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I posted a version of this spoken-word poem some time ago, but I’m a little fascinated with what they call kinetic typography — moving text that parallels the audio, so I thought I’d share this version too.

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How to Hook Your Reader

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The first line of any piece of writing should hook the reader. In this article, we look as some famously great. and not-so-great, opening lines.

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Narrative Writing Prompt: What I Didn’t Do Over Summer Vacation

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This is the first assignment in WriteAtHome’s Middle School Composition 3 course. It’s one of my favorites. It’s a great way to kick start a new school year.

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