Tag Archives: Creative Writing

Do Your Words Make Music?

Let’s Look at Magnetic Meter Modern schools teach Journalism and Creative Writing. Study Journalism and you’ll write ads that are informative. Study Creative Writing and you’ll write ads that entertain. But neither is likely to persuade. Only one school of writing always— introduces a new perspective, causes readers to feel differently, and does so in […]

Rhetoric at Fault in Writing Crisis in US Public Schools, Claims Author of ‘Secret DNA’ E-Book on Writing

There’s a crisis in US public school writing because Rhetoric emphasizes parts, not the whole, says author Bill Drew. Instead of paying attention to Rhetoric, modern writing teachers should have paid attention to Michel de Montaigne, the Father of the Essay. Provo, UT – January 14, 2010 (PressReleasePivot) — Bill Drew, author of a successful […]

Crisis in Essay Writing in US ‘Solved’ by New e-Book, The Secret DNA of Writing Essays-And Everything Else

New e-book claims that only forms of writing are now taught in schools, not the importance of newness of content. NewView Options offers its new book and new software to help students write far better. Provo, UT – January 12, 2010 (PressReleasePoint) — The head of NewView Options, Bill Drew, makes a rather disturbing claim. […]

NewView Writing Concept Highlighted in New E-book and Software from NewView Options, Helping Writers to Write Better

The College Board says there’s a crisis in teaching writing to high school students. NewView Options offers its new book and its new software to help students write better than ever before. Provo, UT – December 31, 2009 (PressReleasePivot) — The College Board says there’s a crisis in teaching writing to high school students. To […]

Thoughts on Creativity

By Sheila Parr Being a “creative” is hard. I cringe at the label. I’m the first to admit that maintaining the level of inspiration needed to constantly churn out good—no, great—ideas and execute them well is really tough. So I thought I’d share some thoughts on my creative process. Sometimes it feels like the planets […]

That Which Is Correct and That Which Is Not

By Jay Hodges A common assumption writers make is that that and which are interchangeable. They are not. That is a defining or restrictive pronoun, which means that the information following it is necessary for the sentence to make sense. Which is a nondefining, or nonrestrictive pronoun, which means that the text following it adds […]

Scorn, Snobbery, and Self-mutilation: Hypercorrection and You

By Erin Nelsen Have you ever tried so hard to not screw up that you actually sabotaged yourself with your own effort? In writing, this is called hypercorrection—the fear of error that leads to error. Hypercorrection leads to nasties such as My friend whom for My friend who Between her and I for between her […]

Sound-alikes That Make You Sound a-Stupid

By Meg LaBorde, Lari Bishop, Erin Nelsen Authors, emailers, bloggers, and writers of all kinds: are common mistakes making you look like a dum-dum? In our lovely English language, phrases sometimes take an ugly turn when sneaky homophones or sound-alikes get involved. For instance, have you ever offered to flush out an idea for someone? […]

Common v. Correct

By Lari Bishop Decided May 17, 2006 Cases before the court: Bring v. Take Like v. Such as Over v. More than/Greater than Big Bad Book Blog delivered the opinion. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary occasionally dissenting. Chicago Manual of Style occasionally dissenting. Common usage has invaded the domain of correct usage. The two parties constantly battle […]