If It’s Broke

At Children’s Book Insider, Laura Backes offers common problems in stories for children, which are common problems in all narrative writing (thin plot, bad plot, flat characters, and bland, obnoxious, or otherwise unappealing voice), and concludes with a reminder about the importance of a solid command of mechanics: When submitting to an editor, grammatical errors […]

What the World Needs Now

It may be unnecessary to say that in talking about what’s wrong, I don’t mean to pick on anybody in particular. Even if it is one person making specific mistakes, I tend to see this as a systemic ill, as previously discussed, rather than an opportunity to dogpile on an unwitting offender. A systemic ill […]

Jobs, Money, and Love for All

Good grammar and spelling skills make your life better.From Education Week, a teacher’s blog post about an employer who screens job candidates to weed out those with poor English grammar skills: In a fiery post for the Harvard Business Review, Wiens says he flat out won’t hire people who are careless with grammar. And to ensure that no […]