The red attic staircase is winding and narrow, so narrow that only one visitor at a time can climb up and peer into the the small bedroom once likely occupied by Edgar Allan Poe. The 2.5-storey gabled brick Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum too is narrow, now narrower by half than when Poe lived… Read More Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore
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: is… 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 that will be helpful. Feel free to refer back here whenever you need a refresher. The purpose of writing is to communicate ideas. The basic structure for communicating an idea is the sentence,… Read More How to Write Well: Sentence Basics