More Commonly Misspelled Words

It’s quiz time! Are you a grammatical genius, or do words sometimes fail you?

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Five Grammar “Rules” That Aren’t.

To paraphrase the great grammarian, Captain Jack Sparrow, many bits of grammar you’ve been taught in school are more like guidelines than actual rules.  There are some grammatical things that you may think are set in stone, but language isn’t set in stone.  It’s a living thing, changing with how people use the language.  Here are five rules that you may have been taught can never, ever be changed – but can totally be changed. Read More

Use To and Used To

One mistake we’ve seen crop up recently is the difference between “use to” and “used to”.  They’re a little tricky at times – it seems like there’s a tense change in there, and sometimes they’re used as verbs and other times as adjectives.  It’s actually not very hard to remember, however, so we figured we’d give a quick refresher on which is which. Read More

Different Words in the UK and US

The United States and United Kingdom have been described as two countries divided by a common language, and it’s true.  While both speak English, there are tons of regional variations and dialects that can occasionally make communication dicey — a word in one country might mean something entirely different in the other!

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Is It Wrong to Correct Someone’s Grammar?

If you’ve been on the internet for any extended period of time, you’ve seen it — someone coming into a comment section not to argue with the point you just made, but to point out that you used the wrong “there”, or that you’ve mixed up “your” and “you’re”.  They’re not arguing with the content of your message, just the grammar.  It’s infuriating, isn’t it?  They’re in the wrong, right?

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Writing Links for 2017

It’s nearly 2017, and it’s time for some New Year’s resolutions!    It’s a time for reflection and self-improvement, and we’re here to help!  While we love you coming back to our blog again and again, there are other, great resources available online for you to take advantage of.  Here’s a solid list of sites that can help you improve your writing in 2017.

Inklyo.com is a great resource for writing advice and inspiration, whether you’re a student trying to get through class or a professional writer trying to get published.  It’s a great site with tips on how to stay productive, and they have in-depth instruction on a number of topics, including how to write a cover letter or a formal letter.  Far be it from me to advertise a competitor – and they don’t do the same one-on-one editing that Wordsmith does – but they’re a great resource.

NaNoWriMo is an annual competition to attempt to write a complete novel every November – it’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.  Their blog, which is published year round and not just in November, is another great source for writing tips.

K.M. Weiland’s blog, called Helping Writers Become Authors, is another great resource.  While her webpage design leaves something to be desired, her actual content is top-notch, talking about how to structure a story, how to write character arcs, how to avoid common mistakes, and so forth.

Novelicious is another favorite of mine, though it’s more about books than writing, per se.  They provide book reviews and lists of books that are becoming movies, tips for writing novels, interviews with authors, lists of hidden gems, writing inspiration, tips on publishing and editing – a fantastic resource for any budding writer.

And of course, Wordsmith Essays is here for you and all your grammatical needs!  Stop by our order page today.

Christmastime Grammar Errors!

Now that Christmas is over, I can share with you a grammatical pet peeve that I have this time of year.  Santa Claus may be coming to town, but he’s not bringing correct grammar with him! Read More