In an effort to make my blog more stimulating, I’ll be offering weekly writing tips to help aspiring writers improve their skills. What qualifies me to give writing advice? For one, I’m an avid reader and I read with a critical eye. I often find errors in grammar and syntax in professional published novels. In addition, I hold a BA in English and I am a certified English/Language Arts Teacher. I currently serve as an adjunct faculty member at a local community college where I teach essay-writing and literary analysis. I also recently earned my JD (not that a legal degree inherently makes one a good writer).
Besides all of my fancy credentials, I just love writing and reading. I haven’t really been able to “grow” my blog because I’ve been so busy with school for the last three years. I’m still busy, BUT I am only studying now…not working/studying/stressing, etc.
So far, I’ve brainstormed a number of topics that might work for getting my weekly feature started:
2. Passive Voice (How to Avoid It)
3. Essay Planning and Structure
4. Drafting Personal Statements and Cover Letters
5. Descriptive Details
These are the basic topics that I want to cover for now. I’ll also post some sample essays developed for my students. One of my most popular blog posts was one on character essays – Goldilocks, in particular. I didn’t get a ton of comments, but the post continues to garner a ton of views. Another popular post was piece on “Only Daughter” by Sandra Cisneros. Based on the popularity of these posts, I know that students are out there looking for answers that aren’t found in their textbooks.
If you have more ideas for helpful writing tips that you’d like to see posted, please leave a comment below.