Parts of a sentence: adverbs and adjectives, pronouns and prepositions, clauses and conjunctions Reply

In order to discuss what makes a good sentence, we need some shared vocabulary to discuss the function of different words. You may have learned your prepositions from your adjectives at school, but subsequently you may have forgotten which is which. Or, if you’re like me, maybe you never learned the difference between an adverb and a conjunction.

Useful links:

Grammar Girl
Grammar Revolution
Grammar Monster
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A few things every prose writer needs Reply

A recent poll revealed that among respondents over fifty, ‘publish a novel’ has displaced ‘have an extra-marital affair’ as the most cited ambition. Perhaps so many people aspire to write because all you need to get started is a pen and paper or something to type on. But there are a few other things that might help you along the way.


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On reading: the one thing all writers do 1

‘Beginning writers,’ says Tom Bailey, ‘must read (note that I mean must, a word I have studiously avoided throughout this book – reading is the one thing all writers do!).’ But what should you read? This video introduces some reading suggestions for writers. Below the video you’ll find a link to a big list of some of anglophonic fiction’s big names.

Suggested reading list
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Writing as communication: a game for writers 1

The first rule of writing is to communicate clearly. Here’s an example of a piece of writing that fails as an act of communication, and a game I use to remind writers what a complex technology written communication is.

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