Category Archive for: ‘Writing Coach Must Reads’

Dumb and Dumber: 5 Common Errors with Comparatives and Superlatives


Adjectives and adverbs come in three degrees of comparison: positive, comparative, and superlative. When comparing or contrasting two or more things, we use the comparative or superlative degrees. Avoid the following common errors.

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3 Prewriting Strategies for Any Writing Project


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.

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Confessions of a Reformed Grammar Legalist


People get pretty worked up about grammar. I know this because I used to be one of them. I’m happy to report, however, that I am mellowing with age. Maybe the tone and content of this blog over the past few months has made that clear. I sure hope so, because as I have softened my prescriptivist stance, I’ve been able to see how silly grammar people can be sometimes.

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Easy on the Adjectives and Adverbs


Descriptive writing does not mean heaps of adjectives and adverbs.

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