For the love of the story

I once read that you can teach someone how to write short fiction, but when that person decides to write a novel all you can do is stand on the shore and wave goodbye. As a writing teacher, I should object. I should insist that I can teach someone how to write a novel. And, sure, I can help students with parts of novel-writing. I can teach aspiring writers ways to improve their … [Read more...]

Removing Faulty Predication- One Surefire Edit to Make Your Sentences Clearer

Did you know that one of the most common sentence errors is also one guaranteed to make your sentences confusing? The villain here is faulty predication, and its effects are as perplexing as its name. Say you were writing an essay about technology in education and you wrote, In a society where technology is constantly changing, extracurricular activities go beyond basic needs, food … [Read more...]