Does your writing have style? 'Writing' by jjpacres on Flickr
In this post I’ll give you a free style guide template to work with, and I’ll cover the following:
What is a style guide?
Why create a personal style guide?
How to create a style guide.
In university we learn about style guides such as MLA and APA, which are so confusing that you practically need a guide to use them–especially if you take a psychology and a history class at the same time! But style guides don’t have to be complicated or long–they can be as short as one page!
My first run-in with a simple, personalized style guide really delighted me, so I thought I would share this simple tool with you. Continue reading →
This article is for beginner to advanced native and second-language English speakers and teachers. For a shortened version of this lesson, download my lesson, Advanced Sentences, and feel free to use or adapt it, without copyright.
This article contains the following sections, feel free to jump down to any of them:
The Importance of Grammar
Types of Sentences
What is a Sentence Fragment
The 7 Sentence Fragments
Examples of the 7 Sentence Fragments
Examples of Long Sentences Using Many Fragments
Sentence Fragment Lessons for English/ESL Teachers
The Importance of Grammar
Run! by Glenn~ on flickr
As an ESL teacher, I found that my own writing drastically improved once I started teaching grammar to my students–especially the 7 different types of sentence fragments. I had learned English grammar in high-school, but those classes were boring; I had more important things to concentrate on, such as the outfit I was wearing, or how dreamy Cory Haim was in License to Drive. When I started teaching grammar as an ESL teacher, I was actually re-teaching myself, and the most valuable aspect of grammar that I re-learned was the 7 sentence fragments.
Understanding how to use these fragments properly will help you:
Write sentences that are grammatically correct, because you will finally understand grammar
Write longer sentences
Write sentences that have different structures, which is important for rhythm and flow (the musical aspects of language)
Use commas properly, because you will finally know where to put them!
I am convinced that most writers–beginner and advanced–need more practice in understanding and using sentence fragments properly, and I hope this lesson will help you learn to write more eloquent and grammatically correct sentences.
Late last year, my friend Rebecca, an artist in Vancouver, told me that I needed to join Twitter because it would connect me with all sorts of people who are passionate about the things that I’m passionate about. I had been a user of Facebook since 2007 and I enjoyed it, but I looked at Twitter as an application for 18 year olds, and ‘online addicts’.
It was around that time that I discovered Alex Samuel–one of BC’s most influential women in 2010–through some research I was doing on social media for work. Her blog-post “10 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for your Online Life” was a breakthrough for me, and it helped me to stop criticizing myself and others for being active online and to view my online life as real, meaningful and empowering. Continue reading →