College Writing Tips, Writing Tips

Organization & a New Category!

Hey Everyone!

So yesterday, I talked a lot about organization and how it is so important for your own blogs! This week, I am re-organizing the categories under the “Writing Tips” tab on my main menu to include: Writing Tips, Blogging Tips, and now . . .

College Writing Tips!

As an English professor at a local university, it astounds me how many students come into my classroom woefully behind other students in their academic preparedness. There are a lot of basic writing tips and tricks that college students will find helpful in writing those essays and papers (for their English classes and beyond!).

Are you a student in high school or college right now? Do you want help on how to write the perfect paper? What topics are you interested in hearing me write about? What questions do you have for me?

Be sure to leave a comment below!

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Writing Tips

Writing Tip: Spotlight (Elmore Leonard)

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and the rhythm of the narrative.” – Elmore Leonard

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Elmore Leonard, the author of this quote, is an American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. His career boomed in the 1950s with his Westerns and continued to grow as he branched out into crime fiction and suspense thrillers. His most well-known pieces are “Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight,” “Hombre,” “3:10 to Yuma,” and “Justified.” Known and commended by critics for his strong dialogue and interesting use of grammar, Leonard never let the mechanics of writing get in his way.

Although Leonard had his degrees in writing and philosophy, his focus on writing was never restricted by composition 101. However, that does not mean that he simply ignored the rules. He incorporated them throughout his writings and only ignored them when doing so positively influenced his writing.

Has anyone else found it helpful in their own writing to ignore certain grammatical rules?

Happy Writing Everyone!