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Posted By: Anonymous User on 12/30/2012 8:33:09 PM

Be sure to make the word match the meaning. How often is 'affect' mixed up with 'effect' and other Word Trippers? Want a word choice guide to help you? Go to and sign up for Word Tripper of the Week.

Posted By: Anonymous User on 11/5/2012 3:35:19 PM

Make your work cinematic. Pretend you are God for a moment, indulge yourself in telling the story as well as possible. Make it movie-like, but not too much. Also, although you want your reader to be familiar with your characters, never, NEVER describe them to the fullest extent. Here's an example on what not to do: "Her name was Angeline and her luscious, chocolate hair flowed down to her mauve dress. Her sapphire eyes sparkled like the stars." The same with the place. Give enough information for the reader to have an idea, then let the reader take charge and ponder what they think the setting looks like. Use the best vocabulary you can. Describe your thoughts well. Although I said don't describe your setting too much, you must still describe it well. I like to use metaphors and I often describe the weather, for some reason. But I'm just a kid, so you probably shouldn't rely on any of these. I've never finished writing something... epic fail.

Posted By: Anonymous User on 7/20/2012 8:50:20 PM

Brainstorm. List topics that you know well and/or are passionate about. Do research. Explore the topic in new ways.

Posted By: 566799 on 4/28/2012 12:21:02 PM

Make your work visually attractive. An occasional short sentence is great. Use those "other" punctuation marks: semicolons, dash(es), and colons. Don't always begin with subordinators when you write a complex sentence (IC DC).

Posted By: Anonymous User on 3/14/2012 11:33:09 AM

I tell my students that writing is about making the time to write. We write journals, reflections, responses to literature, and so forth. I also write with them. I look for places to publish their work; this year, the PTSA held a writing contest and one of my students won!!! Ms. Nixon Richmond, VA

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