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Note 124 – Content words v structure words

Words have two classes: content words and structure words. Content words Content words are the core words which give meaning to the sentence.  They are the ones that we stress the most when we speak our sentences out loud.  They can be nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, according to the Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation by John … Continue reading

Note 123 – Organising your web content

This blog marks the end of the fourth month of my writing challenge (eight months to go!). Today I wanted to write about something a little different so I visited one of my favourite websites for inspiration… …I knew that there had to be a reason why I kept revisiting the Daily Writing Tips website … Continue reading

Note 48 – Using ‘lead sentences’

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4. If you would prefer to dive straight into note 48, then please read on… The use of lead sentences Most of the time, we know what we want to write about in an essay or an … Continue reading

Note 42 – Paragraph layout

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4.  If you would prefer to dive straight into note 42, then please read on… Paragraph layout  As I have a publisher interested in my book at the moment, I am working on tidying up my manuscript.  It reminded … Continue reading

Note 34 – Parallel form (expressions)

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4.  If you would prefer to dive straight into note 34, then please read on… Parallel form (expressions) As mentioned in my blog yesterday on ‘Parallel form (lists)’ consistency is important in your sentences.  Parallel forms, however, don’t just … Continue reading

Note 33 – Parallel form (lists)

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4.  If you would prefer to dive straight into note 33, then please read on… Parallel form (lists) Brandon Royal in The Little Red Writing Book by explains that parallel form in writing is to “express similar parts … Continue reading

Note 29 – Sentence order

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4.  If you would prefer to dive straight into note 29, then please read on… ‘Order’ in a sentence According to Bernard C Lamb in his book The Queen’s English, the most popular way of ordering your sentences … Continue reading

Note 5 – Rules about ‘lists’ in a sentence

When writing a list in one continuous piece of writing rather than a list of bullet points, there are a few rules to consider.  The first rule is the punctuation you are going to use to introduce the list, and the second is the punctuation in the list itself.  There are also a few guidelines as to … Continue reading

Note 1 – Where should I put the conclusion?

Today I have learnt that everyday non-fiction writing or expository writing e.g. blogs, memos, articles, essays etc., should show the conclusion at the beginning of the piece and not the end.  It’s the first principle in Brandon Royal’s ‘The Little Red Writing Book’. Royal explains that the purpose of expository writing (as opposed to creative … Continue reading

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