Writers Using English

Refresh and Recheck Your English Skills

By Annette Rey

English and non-English first language speakers, listen up! The site mentioned below may be one of the most useful you will find to help you improve your speaking and writing of English. It will also increase your understanding of English. Understanding the core of a subject is when the light bulb shines in your brain and makes learning the rest of the material easier.

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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.

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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.