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Following the dream of becoming a writer involves so much more than just learning how to write. Sure that’s a biggie and …

July 29, 2017

This month at Grammar and Grace we’re studying adjectives. Adjectives are words that tell something about a noun or a pronoun. An …

July 18, 2017

Magazine writing jobs sent straight to your inbox? Yes, it is true. I get them every morning. So how can you get …

June 12, 2017

This time we’ll discuss nouns. Nouns can be common or proper. A common noun is a person, place, or thing. A noun …

May 18, 2017

  This may seem hard to believe, but … not every question requires a question mark Click To Tweet How often don’t …

April 27, 2017

  Because spellcheck, wonderful as it may be, doesn’t catch words used improperly … And because the English language has more than …

March 27, 2017

  Bryan Garner, author of A Dictionary of Modern American Usage, and a raft of other books on English language usage and …

March 27, 2017

Last time, I introduced the eight parts of speech. This time, we’ll focus on verbs. I’m beginning with the verb because to …

March 17, 2017

As this series draws to a close, here are a couple practical exercises you can do at home to learn and practice …

February 21, 2017

For 2017, let’s understand the basics of English grammar by learning the eight parts of speech. They are the following: Verb Noun …

February 17, 2017

Save money. Learn theology. Become a better writer. Minister more effective. That’s my hope for you. In this second year of my …

January 10, 2017

Need a bit of insight as you ready the pen or laptop today? Consider the following from one of the greatest writers …

November 23, 2016

Writers write because we love to use words, but let’s face it––even though we say we write for ourselves, we all want …

November 22, 2016

We’re still a few days away from Thanksgiving, but we sometimes receive Christmas cards a few days after celebrating with turkey and …

November 17, 2016
Character Eyes

The carbine was still jammed and Jim couldn’t do anything to fix it. He finally tossed it aside and cursed the shoddy …

November 9, 2016

Save money. Learn theology. Become a better writer. Minister more effective. That’s my hope for you. In this second year of my …

October 10, 2016
Click to read 5 Easy Steps To Make Readers Laugh Using The Absurd

Ever laughed in an absurd situation or at an absurd time? Sure you have. We’ve all done it. Our friend trips over his feet, …

September 24, 2016

This month’s post is all about words you might be hearing and saying and, consequently, writing improperly. We’re not talking about homophones …

September 17, 2016

Save money. Learn theology. Become a better writer. Minister more effective. That’s my hope for you. In this second year of my …

September 12, 2016

  Save money. Learn theology. Become a better writer. Minister more effective. That’s my hope for you. In this second year of …

August 9, 2016

A few weeks ago I enjoyed a lovely dinner with friends at a cool restaurant in Raleigh. The first time I ate …

July 22, 2016
Click to learn the two greatest commandments for writing with humor

Thou Shalt write with humor. But how? By following these two commandments from humor author James N. Watkins: I. Thou Shalt Know Thy Audience When …

June 27, 2016

As a Christian writer in your life or in your writing it is not merely about what you want to say or …

May 21, 2016

Lots of time we hear verbal patterns that may be acceptable (to some people) in speech, but they are considered ungrammatical in …

April 17, 2016

We’re continuing to examine words that are used incorrectly. Enthused/Enthusiastic—Although enthused has become acceptable in standard usage, old school people still prefer …

March 12, 2016
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