Thursday, January 13, 2005

These are the thoughts which come to mind tonight:
1. If you're in an upper level English composition class, you should be able to execute proper noun-verb agreement.2. If you know you have a problem with some aspect of grammar, such as affect/effect, attempt to commit the difference to memory. (Affect is a verb. Effect is a noun.)3. If you like to write, you should like to read. If you can't stand reading, then you're probably not working on improving your writing by reviewing your own work or the work of others.3.14.... Pi is a worthwhile number to include in a list of ideas. Although commonly used in mathematics, pi has its place in the writing world too.4. If you don't like a book, have a reason for not liking it. "I don't know," does not give any form of feedback on the quality of the work. "It didn't appeal to me," does help, but you could be more specific.5. If you want to be a writer, work on your writing.6. If you know someone who wants to be a writer, read their work and let them know what you think.7. All novels are not created equally. Not every book will be a gem.8. Alphabetizing books by author helps organize libraries and bookstores, but it sure would suck to have the last name of Zuzobitz. (I made that name up, but he/she could be an author.)9. You don't have to write about things that are familiar to you, but please research a topic before writing extensively about it.10. Spell check is not of the gods, and you should always proofread your writing and keep a dictionary within 10 feet of the computer.11. Microsoft Word's ability to fix common mistakes in typing sucks when you intentionally mess up.12. When Word fixes a word you spell incorrectly automatically, it is doing a disservice to the writer. How does one know he/she spelled a word wrong if the computer doesn't even underline it for a second?13. Learn the difference between your/you're, their/there/they're, and than/then. I grasped these concepts in third grade, and if you've made it to college without realizing the difference, maybe you should look into the possibility of a learning disability.14. Bad grammar and spelling is not excusable just because it's in a Xanga or on IM.15. Infrequent Blog or Xanga updating is not a deadly sin, but it is common courtesy to update when two or more weeks have elapsed since your last entry.16. Passive voice has its occasional merit of usage, but it is not acceptable as a regular grammar tool. If a teacher tells you it is okay to use passive voice, question his/her ability to teach in the English language.17. Math and science students are not excused from using proper English. Although knowledge of calculus or molecular biology is beyond me, every person should be able to communicate in his/her native tongue.18. America's status as a world power does not permit its citizens to discriminate against non-Americans.19. If you are from America and you visit a foreign country, do not expect everyone to speak American English. Do not disrespect people who do not speak English.20. One does not always read the same text with the same interpretation as the previous time. Some books offer new worth as a person evolves/devolves as a reader.21. It is okay to make a list that does not end in 0 or 5. Many lists are ruined because people attempt to meet this unwritten rule. I, however, will not end on a conventional number.

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