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Words are a wonderful thing; learn to love them. Poetry, rap music, jokes, scientific research papers- they’re all just WORDS trying to get across MEANING and FEELING. Don’t be afraid; write, read, rewrite, and ask for help from people you respect.

Want to sharpen your skills? We’ve got some resources for you!

Apps and Websites

Help with Grammar

If you want even more practice, quiz yourself at Road to Grammar Jr.

Help with Structure

Help with vocabulary

You know how people have the best vocabularies? They READ.

In order to be a good writer, you need to be a reader. Don’t feel like you need to read classics (Steinbeck, Twain, Dickens). Read Harry Potter or Twilightmor the latest Dan Brown. Read the newspaper, read stories to your children, read the back of the cereal box.

If you don’t know the meaning of a word, look it up – and then use it if you can.

Each of the resources listed above will help you become a better writer, but not without … you guessed it – PRACTICE. The more you write, and the more you read, the better a writer you will become.

PRACTICE – look over what you write and edit it. Think about it and change words. Show it to people whose opinion you respect and ask them to help you edit it.

Here are a few final words of wisdom.

  • SHORT is usually better than long.
  • SIMPLE is usually better than complicated.
  • ACTIVE is usually better than passive.
  • USE your school’s tutoring center or writing lab.
  • ENJOY writing. Once you know what you want to say, figuring out how to say it best should be FUN.

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