Improve Your Writing V


We've worked on individual sentences, and now it's time to look at the "container" for your sentences, the paragraph. What makes a good paragraph? When is a paragraph too long or too short?

First, let's take a look at information on Paragraph Development and Topic Sentences from the late Charles Darling's "Guide to Grammar and Writing". I think this piece is very important because it shows how easy it is to "get off the track".

Next, let's take a look at and online writing aid by Chuck Guilford'; it's called Paradigm, The section we'll look at today is called "Planning for Paragraphs".
Please click => Planning for Paragraphs. The most important part is the list of "Transitional expressions".

Again, if you decide to do any of the activities, please remember to send them to me by email: just click on EXERCISES to "call the postman".

Focus on Vocabulary

First, let's continue with some more "transition" words, i.e. words to help you link sentences and paragraphs. This is only a list, but it's important that you know all these words.
Please click =>
Transition Words and Phrases

Next, the late Dr. Charles Darling - on his great resource website called "Guide to Writing and Grammar" - compiled an excellent list of "problem words and expressions" that writers should avoid. At the bottom of the page are some links to websites that also contain some good information on words to avoid.
Please click =>
Plague Words and Phrases

One of these links - Deadwood Phrases - is now dead itself, but I've found another version. Here's a link to the new Deadwood Phrases.

Dr. Darling also created some quizzes on some of the many English words that are easy to confuse because they look or sound similar.
Please click => Notorious Confusables
(To see the definitions, you have to allow java script to change the status bar.)

Last updated: 21 November 2012