Writing

  1. Are There One Or Two Spaces After A Period?

    It’s the great generational debate … There was a time when every period, question mark, or exclamation point was followed by two spaces. These days, depending on what you’re reading, you can find either one or two spaces between the end of one sentence and the beginning of another. The use of single vs. double-spacing after periods has become a great generational debate, with everyone …

  2. How Has Handwriting Changed Over Time?

  3. How To Finally Start Writing That Book

    They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, so it should stand to reason that the journey toward writing a book would begin with a single word. However, for most writers, the path to writing a book begins long before the first word ever lands on paper and is a multi-step process that can leave them constantly wondering if they …

  4. How To Help Your Kid Write A Book Report

    Throughout grade school, your kids may be asked to write book reports about fiction and nonfiction books they’ve read. These assignments can seem daunting—it’s challenging to write a short summary about something as long as a book! But when you break it down, writing a book report is not so different from other types of informational writing. A book report is an informational essay summarizing …

  5. The Coolest Languages Created By Writers

  6. First vs. Second vs. Third Person Points of View

    When we think of point of view in the general sense, we tend to think about someone’s attitude or opinion of things: their likes or dislikes, their focus, their idea of the world. Point of view is unique, right? After all, everyone has their own perspective on things. When talking about literary or narrative point of view, though, there aren’t nearly as many options. In …

  7. How To Help Your Kid Write A Summary

    If you’re telling someone a story, you don’t recite everything everyone said or did; that would be incredibly boring. You’d just give the highlights: who was there, where you all were, and the important events. In other words, you give a summary of what happened. What is a summary? A summary of a text is a brief restatement of the important details. You don’t repeat …

  8. How To Determine Subject vs. Predicate In A Sentence

    We all write every single day, whether it’s a text message, report, or email. And that means we all compose sentences that are crafted from different parts. Yup, there are different parts of sentences. And guess what? Learning what the different parts of a sentence are called can show a mastery of language. Subject vs. predicate By elementary school, kids begin learning about the different …

  9. How To Find The “Main Idea” Of A Text

    The main idea, sometimes referred to as the central idea, is the most important thought of a text. From elementary school on up, we’re taught to discuss and analyze pieces of writing in terms of the main idea. Knowing how to identity the main idea in a piece can help us become better readers—and writers. What is a main idea? The majority of details in a …

  10. Character Naming Tips For Writers

    Choosing names for fictional characters seems like one of the “fun” parts of writing … until you actually have to choose them. It appears simple on the surface, but there’s a lot more that goes (or should go) into the process than just picking a name you like or a random one out of a hat. While Juliet famously argued that a rose by any …

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