Month: January 2010

Adjectives in a series: Commas or no commas?

Sometimes we get grammar questions in the WriteShop mailbag. Q: How is it determined when commas are needed or not needed between adjectives in a series? In WriteShop's Copying and Dictation Exercises, Lesson 5, there's a phrase I'm confused about. “Bright, fresh...

A recipe for writing fun

A Quick Word about Copywork I'd like to suggest a new way to incorporate copywork into your schooling. In a future blog article, I'll take time to extol the virtues of copywork, which I think is valuable for pre-writers to 14-year-olds (or thereabouts). But in a...

Stumbling block #10 – Learning challenges

Stumbling block #10 – Learning challenges

Welcome back to our tenth---and final---article in the series 10 Stumbling Blocks to Writing. I've really enjoyed writing each one, and I hope you've found them inspirational too. Today I’m going to spend a few minutes looking at a different kind of stumbling block...

Stumbling block #9 – What’s the point?

Stumbling block #9 – What’s the point?

Sometimes, your teen's opposition to writing has nothing at all to do with laziness, procrastination, perfectionism, or confidence---and everything to do with relevance. In other words, she resists writing because she wonders: What's the point? This brings us to...