Another Site for Writers

This One May Help

By Annette Rey

Serious writers have to cover all the aspects of getting their work on the page, checking grammar, editing for content and punctuation, finding a venue, marketing their work, and more. And so, any help is appreciated.

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Capitalizing Your Title Words

A Little Help Goes a Long Way

By Annette Rey

I am here to help writers with the smallest of details. And it can be a small detail that catapults your work to notice or gives you a bad name as a writer.

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About Diagramming Sentences

A Lost Practice

By Annette Rey

I believe if you have a familiarity with diagramming sentences, you will create better sentences. And where a sentence just doesn’t seem right, diagramming can be a great tool to lead you in the right direction to correct your sentence.

The tool is:

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Four More Sites for Writers

By Annette Rey

On occasion, I have used the following sites as I create my work. The first three are sites to help you correct your work. The last one is a one-stop idea/information site to flesh out your work. Give these sites a try and rest easier that your efforts are going out with fewer errors and a lot more punch.

http://classroom.synonym.com/ – This site can hardly be described – there is so much to see and learn. I found it by checking on a grammar issue. It has info on psychological tests, how to write a weather report, how to search for a Canadian address, how to find people in Russia. Under the category College, I found information on special collections at libraries that have rare books and archives and special manuscripts. I found an article How to Find Good Resources for Writing an Essay, by Jen Saunders. The article has very concrete info on where and how to start a credible essay, add opposing views and challenge a theory, and more. Anyone can find something of value on this site, especially writers.

http://www.k12reader.com/ – This site is not just for children. It boasts thousands of free, printable reading and writing worksheets that cover spelling, reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, writing, and more. Every writer has some area in which he lacks knowledge. So, bite the bullet and rake in what you need to make your written work stand out from the others.

http://www.titlecapitalization.com/ – This site is a simple page with a box. Just start plugging in the title of your piece and the program automatically capitalizes the appropriate words. You can choose AP style, Chicago Manual of Style, or capitalize words with five or more letters. So, your first line, your title, will be sure to impress.

http://www.worldatlas.com/ – Have you found yourself writing a flash fiction or another work and, unplanned by you, a thought enters your head to include something about an unfamiliar location? Perhaps, it’s Canada, or Winnipeg in particular, or something about native plants in Canada, or population of its cities, names of its airports, rivers, territories, etc. Or you may want to include something about islands in the Pacific, but you don’t know where to start. At this site, all you have to do is click on the category continents, and it seems a list of every island in the world comes up. Click on one of them to reveal individual facts. For a writer, here is more fodder than meets the eye. Article titles could trip a chord with you and off you go with a new idea and a new writing project. Who wants to believe in writer’s block?

The Free Grammarly Program is Awesome!

You Really Need to Use This Software

By Annette Rey

Writers, how familiar are you with multiple predicate commas? And do you add a comma when there are less than three predicates? Do you miss adding determiners in your sentences? What about missing a comma to isolate a clause? How about adding an unnecessary hyphen or not adding a necessary hyphen? How about the rule to make a word a gerund so it can act as a noun?

I thought so. Not many of us do know all the rules of grammar. Read on to see how the free program at Grammarly.com can instruct you and make you more confident in your work before you press send.

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Five Sites for Writers

We Can’t Get Enough of Them

By Annette Rey

ILoveLibraries.org — http://www.ilovelibraries.org/ — Find out how libraries have changed and what they have to offer.

GrammarGirl.com – http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl — by Mignon Fogarty, self-explanatory. Quite a variety of information for writers on this site.

Grammarly.com — https://www.grammarly.com/1 — is a grammar checker program that proofreads, checks for plagiarism, and more. At a price — $29.95 for monthly, or $19.98 a month for quarterly, or $11.66 a month for yearly. Just plug in your material. This may be useful to a writer who does not have an editor, and has his manuscript near to completion. The site also offers a free subscription. Just plug in your work and it will run basic corrections with instructions for you to implement changes or not. I have found this very helpful in guiding me to lessen errors for future articles. So, I use it as a teaching site, as well.

Phobialist.com — http://phobialist.com/ — If you are writing a character into your story that has a mental disorder, you will find it here in an alphabetized list of scientific-phobias.

WellRead.org — http://www.wellread.org/ — an online site that details a public television program by the same name. It provides a wealth of books to investigate, reviews, conversations, and more. You can join the WellRead Book Club for free and participate in live chats with authors, win autographed books, and more. The site also includes BookMarks by Mary Ann Gwinn who reviews multiple books a week.

 

 

Three Great Sites for Writers

Three Jam-Packed Sites

By Annette Rey

You will have great fun and be exposed to a world of information, an inexhaustible amount, if you spend some time on the following sites.

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