I love my critique group. Like superheroes they open their laptops and design wit and wisdom through every line! With their help, I will avoid the neon signs marking novice writing and glaring amateurish errors. Here’s what I learned just last night:
- Make every word count.
- Keep statements turned toward the positive side.
- Cut up three-line sentences.
- Start sentences with intention.
- End with strong words.
- Avoid using pronouns to begin or end sentences.
- Avoid using it or this anytime
- Avoid repeating words – oops.
- Use a comma before the word “and.”
- Don’t apply quotations marks outside of dialogue – oops, again.
- Action verbs intensify sentences.
- Eliminate passive, helping verb usage with -ing words following.
Checklist gold, the expert suggestions from this group confirm one major truth.
. . . I still have a lot to learn!
What suggestions can you add to the list? What grammatical tidbit wormed it’s way into your noggin lately?
2011/September at 10:19 pm
Good job, Daniel! See you tomorrow and no snoring in class!
2011/September at 9:23 pm
I am Writing this down right now. There's nothing much to add on the checklist this is as you said gold. Daniel
2011/September at 11:35 am
"There" is a new one for me, Ben. The comma thing is actually a fairly new rule, Erin. I was brought up that you use the comma instead of and, but that has now changed.
2011/September at 11:16 am
I was always confused about whether or not I should put a comma in front of "and" These are good tips. 🙂
2011/September at 11:11 am
I had a teacher once who never let me use the word "there" in an essay so I suppose that would be my suggestion 😛
2011/September at 10:44 am
🙂 See you in class tomorrow!
2011/September at 9:40 am
Suggestions to add? Nope. Lots for me to learn? Yep.
2011/September at 9:12 pm
Ooo! Yes! Good one!
2011/September at 6:45 pm
You've got great pointers here. As far as adding one…um…oh, how about limiting adverbs?