This post in my series on writing well covers how to use nouns and pronouns. As we all should remember from grammar school, a noun stands for a person, place, idea, or other thing. A pronoun stands for a noun. A noun, or pronoun, can fill any of eight functions in a sentence: Subject: performs… Read More Writing Well: People, Places, Ideas
Good writing is active, and verbs are the primary words that convey action, making the verb(s) the most important word(s) in almost any sentence. Without at least one verb, a group of words is merely a phrase; it cannot be a sentence. A single verb can form a complete sentence, although its subject you is… Read More Writing Well: Action!
The next several posts in my series on writing well will address correct grammar. This post will lay out some basic definitions. (It may be a little tedious, but it contains information that will help later posts make sense.) The purpose of writing is to communicate ideas. The basic structure for communicating an idea is… Read More Writing Well: Sentence Basics
With the book at the publisher and the bail-out in limbo, I can get back to my series on writing well. In my last post in this series, I addressed the importance of clear thinking to clear writing. This post will cover organizational structure as it enhances clarity. The most important factor in the successful… Read More Writing Well: Organization
Now that things are settling down around here, I can get back to my series on writing well. The most important element of good writing is clarity, and the most crucial pillar supporting clear writing is clear thinking. The subject of how to think is one that has occupied philosophers for millenia and is beyond… Read More Thinking Clearly, Writing Well