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Word Pairs that Repeat Themselves

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He grew by leaps and bounds. We searched every nook and cranny. You will have to pick and choose. English is replete with redundancies. There is little to no difference between leaping and bounding, nooks and crannies, picking and choosing. Some language purists advocate the elimination of all redundant expressions, but I not only disagree, I think it’s a terrible …

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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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