Today’s quote is in honor of one of my friends who came to help me clean out our old house this week. 🙂 Although, that wasn’t really a small act of kindness-it was quite large!
Archives for November 2012
So, typically, most writing tips are on the same topic, like, proofread, rewrite, and revise. But sometimes, a few extra tips can help you improve your writing even more. So here are a 5 unusual writing tips that can help you improve your writing:
Simplify: Never use a complicated word or phrase when you can use a simple one. Unless you are in a college class. College professors like those fancy words.
Give it time: If you have a chance, after you write something, let it rest overnight and look at it the next day. You can find some of your biggest errors that way and improve the piece significantly.
Explore controversial topics: This is especially useful for online writing. People love reading about controversial topics. Even if you agree with other people you have seen write about the topic, you can explore other views and come to your own conclusions.
Write strong endings: I actually have trouble with this. I am not the best article closer ever. However, strong closing remarks are what will stay with the reader when he stops reading and goes back to his day.
Make huge edits: One of the best things you can to do simplify and clarify your writing is if you remove a large amount of text from your writing. After examining your article with fresh eyes a day or two later, take out any unnecessary sentences. You may be able to say the same thing in half the words. Of course, this also does not apply for college writing. Keep those flowery and useless phrases in those papers.
Do you have an unusual tips for writing that you use?
Some people simply do not like to take the time to read. My husband is such a person. People of all ages have this problem. Kids often face this issue because they still struggle with reading fluently. A book’s plot has to be pretty engaging to keep a new reader involved. I started reading for fun around the age of 8 or 9, and I never stopped. Part of what kept me reading, however, may be the fact that my mother always gave me great books to read! Anyway, here is a list of books that I think are engaging enough to interest even a reluctant reader of any age.
Easy Books for Early Readers
These books were some of my favorites as a kid. I loved reading about the mysteries and trying to solve them. Of course, I was really bad at solving them, but I always tried!
These books were after my time, but everyone who has a first through third grader simply raves about how much their children love them.
Actually, anything by Judy Blume is interesting enough to engage younger children. My daughter loves the Fudge books.
Just like Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary knows how to engage a child’s mind. I loved these stories when I was younger, and I still get a good laugh out of them now.
Exciting Reads for Established Readers
This series has a secret world, hidden destinies, and fighting. What more could children want?
I thought these books were really dumb. Then I read one. They are really funny. Children who might still be hesitant to read books without illustrations can use this series as a bridge to longer reads.
Something about boarding school and magical destinies help children get into reading.
In this series, the poor children face one horrible situation after another. It’s hilarious. I love the way the entire series ends. I don’t think it could have been better.
Something about this book is appealing to people of all ages. Fighting animals, secret prophecies, epic quests- they are all there. Also, the food descriptions are amazing. The audio version of the Redwall stories are also amazing.
Teen or Adult Readers
Even though I think this series started as a blatant rip-off of The Lord of the Rings, children seem to love it much more. I have no idea why.
Space adventures, oh yeah! Something about this series is appealing from start to finish. The Ender series is one of my favorite book series in all the world. But I prefer the classic set to the newer novels.
This book by Dan Brown is easy to read, fast-paced, and full of adventure.
This book by Michael Crichton focuses on tiny dangerous micro organisms that may destroy the world! Pretty much all of his stories are about things that may destroy the world. That is why they are fun to read.
This book about the Civil War is perfect for people who love history. It is all based on letters and actual events of the Civil War, and is highly historically accurate.
A crazy, off-beat space adventure about the end of the world. It’s very funny.
Much like The Hunger Games, The Woodlands follows the story of a young girl in a dystopian universe. But I like it better.
What books got you into reading?