Proper Sentence Structure

It is important to construct interesting sentences to keep the reader engaged in our novels. This article is insightful and informative.

In my capacity as a contest judge, an editor, and a book reviewer, I do my fair share of reading fiction. Of late, I’ve noticed what seems to me to be a growing trend—less attention to sentence structure.

For instance, in a novel I’m currently reading, I saw one paragraph with four of its five sentences all starting with He. In another, the opening two sentences were constructed identically. In others, authors lean heavily on a favorite construction which appears with frequency. Click here to learn more.



A Dream Come True

This is such an encouraging story. One woman’s journey took her to places she never imagined. She saw her dream come true.

While today we memorialize those who sacrificed their lives for our country and recall other loved ones who have passed away, I thought this would also be a good day to remember a touchstone writerly memory. I’m going to share a watershed moment in my publishing career and then give each of you an opportunity to add a remembrance of God’s goodness to you as you pursued your writing dreams.

My publishing career began with a bang, literally. I slammed shut the door, cast my eyes up to heaven, and silently proclaimed, God, at the tender age of 21, you have ruined my life. Click here to read more.


Astronaut History

We studied space exploration and astronauts in our homeschool. Now that my kids are adults, it is still fun to share interesting articles and discuss science and events that have now become history. Be sure to view the photos in today’s featured post. Enjoy.

Before Apollo astronauts went to the moon, they went to Hawaii to train on the Big Island’s lunar landscapes.

Now, decades-old photos are surfacing of astronauts scooping up Hawaii’s soil and riding across volcanic fields in a “moon buggy” vehicle. Read more.



Pronuciation Clues

Grammar and vocabulary rules are important in writing. This article helps us decipher pronunciation for certain words.

The letter s represents two sounds in English, the unvoiced sound /s/ heard in sister, and the voiced sound /z/ heard in rose.

Note: The “voiced” s sound buzzes, like the sound of /z/. The unvoiced s sound is “soft,” like the hiss of a snake.

When the spelling combination -ise occurs in verbs and nouns, the s is usually voiced, but not always. Click here to learn more.