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Practical Prompt 6-28-17

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Take a paragraph you’ve written and circle all the adjectives and adverbs. Then, revise the paragraph by finding stronger nouns and verbs whose meanings make modifying words unnecessary. For example, replace “spoke quietly” with “murmured” or “young child” with “toddler.”

Insomniacs Anonymous 6-26-15

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You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

Where do you think the line is between creative use of grammar and punctuation for artistic impact and bad grammar?

Practical Prompt 8-28-14

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WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Prompt: If you are writing in first person, consider how many times you use the word “I.” Are there ways you could restructure sentences to avoid overusing it?

Practical Prompt 7-31-14

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Prompt: Streamline your story by paring down unnecessary adverbs—those words that end in -ly and add bulk to your writing. Instead of saying “She ran quickly,” try using more specific active verbs, such as “She sprinted,” or “She fled.”

Practical Prompt 7-3-14

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WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Prompt: Are your pronouns clear? If you are writing a conversation between two female characters, can your readers tell which “she” you are referring to? If not, restructure your sentences to remove confusion.