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Writing Nonfiction

Eight preparatory steps necessary to successfully write a nonfiction book. Choose your topic. The first thing you want to do as you prepare to write a nonfiction book is choose a topic for your project carefully. This may seem like … Continue reading

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“To Be” or not “To Be”

How to Eliminate “To Be” Verbs Identify−Students need to memorize the “to be” verbs to avoid using them and to revise those that they have used in essays: is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been. Teach students to self-edit by circling … Continue reading

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Why My Manuscript Was Rejected

Here are some of the common reasons the editor didn’t make it through the first chapter: 1. Generic beginnings: Stories that opened with the date or the weather didn’t really inspire interest. According to Harmsworth, you are only allowed to … Continue reading

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Who or Whom?

The confusion between “who” and “whom” is one of the most common problems writers face. “Who” is used as the subject of a verb or complement of a linking verb. It’s a nominative pronoun. “Whom” is used as the object … Continue reading

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Advice for aspiring writers:

“Read, read, and read some more! Make sure you read a wide variety of stories: fantasy stories teach you about making up completely new worlds, crime-solving stories teach you about handling a complicated plot, stories with lots of characters teach … Continue reading

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Answers to Questions About Semicolons

  Here are three questions readers posed about use of prepositions and our responses. This sentence showcases my burning semicolon question: “That’s a great trick; best I’ve seen in ages.” I know the second clause in it contains no subject … Continue reading

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Five Steps to Completing Your First Draft

Follow these stages of preparation and production to assemble a first draft of written (or spoken) content. Identify Your Purpose What is the reason for writing the content? Are you objectively presenting information? If so, is it for educational purposes, … Continue reading

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