The verb is the engine that drives the sentence.In “The tracks made a line in the snow,” the engine lacks...
Updated: February 23, 2014, - 02:00 PM
Beginnings and endings count more than middles.Consider this sentence: “I have never felt more frustrated.” The intensity of that statement...
Updated: February 09, 2014, - 02:00 PM
Normally I don’t leave snowy Minnesota in the heart of Nordic ski racing season, but this year I made an...
Updated: January 26, 2014, - 02:00 PM
What is your definition of a good manager?When I ask participants in my writing seminars that question, I often hear...
Updated: January 12, 2014, - 02:00 PM
There’s a lot of stress going around these days. Plenty to be unhappy about.Just take a look at your inbox,...
Updated: December 29, 2013, - 02:00 PM
The last time I gave a presentation, we had so much fun discussing the active voice that no one wanted...
Updated: December 15, 2013, - 02:00 PM
“There are three rules for writing a novel,” W. Somerset Maugham once wrote. “Unfortunately, nobody knows what they are.”If I...
Updated: December 01, 2013, - 02:00 PM
Which is better: the active voice or the passive voice?Compare “I let go of the Cessna’s strut and prayed my...
Updated: November 17, 2013, - 02:00 PM
With this, my 900th column, I can’t help asking myself why I’ve stayed with it this long. If you’ve been...
Updated: November 03, 2013, - 02:00 PM