Starter’s Guide To Writing: Basics – Grammar

An article written by Lee Sonogan

Grammar 101: Is Heads-Up Hyphenated? » Beyond the Rhetoric

Note: This following article will feature in my non-fiction book You, Will, Have Style When You Write One Million Words: UNGROOVYGORDS Advanced Guide For Creative Writing. Publishing it on my website ENTERTAINMENT CULTURE ONLINE which will be expanded on, plus relevant quotes.

This particular section of this chapter is dedicated to those thinking about writing for the first time after consuming all sorts of media. Before getting started you must know how to express this language-based on those before you. Creativity is the fun part while the technical side is a necessity to convey a personal vision why you want to type words in the first place. In the next few pages, there shall be phrases you must know to widen your perspective to something of value that is understood by as many people as possible.

Firstly a good collection of a vocabulary (AKA – Different words available to you) is a skill to keep sentences engaging. There are 100,000-word families in English. Then the average person knows between 10,000 – 20,000 depending on education. Giving a number of 8000-9000 words minimum to enjoy most books. But do you know how to spell those words? They are also used to get descriptive telling a story or explaining a certain non-fiction point. Not to get professional, it’s now time to speak about basic grammar.

Structures that determines professional reading rules is more than 50 but in fact hundreds. So breaking it to parts of speech, they all have their own names. A noun names a person, animal, place, thing, quality, idea, activity, or feeling. Pronouns are words that take the place of a noun. A verb shows action and an adverb modifies a verb and shares more information about it. An adjective modifies a noun or a pronoun. Prepositions demonstrate a relationship between nouns or pronouns. Conjunctions connect two words, phrases, or clauses. Interjections demonstrate emotion.

Next is punctuation where symbols from start to end balance out what is said. Every sentence has a terminal punctuation mark at the end of it. Which can include a period, exclamation mark, or question mark. Colons are used to separate a sentence from a list of items. Semicolons can take the place of a conjunction and are often placed before introductory words. Commas separate items in a series and they go wherever there is a pause in the sentence. Parentheses enclose words that clarify other words. Apostrophes are used in contractions to take the place of one or more letters. That’s all for grammar and the previous sentences will make sense to any author who takes pride in quality content.

Don’t make a mistake I did by creating sentence fragments, all the phrases above are tools to deliver on a body of work that flows. One way to consistently learn all this is to use programs or websites made for proofreading. Keeping an eye out on common mistakes, it will tell you a lot in saving you time but not always perfect. Your readability scores are influenced if you remain ignorant of that stuff. That topic will be spoken about later although it is the best indicator of how your typed art will be interpreted.

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