I really like DailyWritingTips.com. Maeve Maddox’s post in reply to an AP English student who wondered where to find time to write is a good read. I think her advice to young writers is spot on. She mentions looking at coursework as an opportunity to write and becoming a critic of the writing in textbooks.
If a section of the textbook drags, why? If another section is interesting, why?
Great questions for anyone who wants to write better.
She mentions that some young readers have difficulty getting idioms right when they use prepositions because they are not widely read.
I could not agree more. When I am tutoring a student in SAT, I can tell whether he or she has taken a Cliff’s Notes approach to reading assignments. I have a student right now who writes poorly precisely because she used study aids as a substitute for reading the assigned novels in her English class.
If you want to write better, I would encourage you to sign up for the daily writing tip by email from Dailywritingtips.com.
Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 10/13/2009 8:49 AM