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Who Wants to Write?

January 14, 2013

Snoopy-typingYou know that Peanuts comic strip that shows Snoopy sitting on top of the doghouse with the typewriter? He was trying to write the Great American Novel starting with “It was a dark and stormy night.”

Annually there is a contest for the worse written story and the starting line is always something long and unwieldy. Writing does not need to be difficult but the fear of grammar often gets in the way of an easily enjoyed story or essay.

Spelling is important. You can not trust spell check;  you can use it but make sure to read your story slowly and possibly out loud. Spell check will not catch missing words, will stick in substitutes you may not want, and will accept the homophone spelling instead of the one you want.

Grammar is important. Verbs and nouns must agree. Verb tense should be consistent throughout the essay. Know when to use commas and when to avoid them.

There are a few other things to keep in mind when you write. Know your audience. Who is going to be reading the finished story? Write for those people. For example, this blog is NOT a paper to hand in to a college English professor so it need not be formal. I am basically chatting with you, so an informal tone is appropriate.

Keep it short. Sentences read easier if they are short. In addition, making sure paragraphs are short helps. When I was editor of my high school newspaper I was taught that white space sells papers. It is kind of funny, figuring that the white space is that space around the words. But even I tend to get bleary-eyed when presented with a page of dense black printing.book

For the blog, intersperse photos. We’ve all heard “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Photos clearly show some aspect of the written story that helps readers envision your meaning.

As we enter 2013 it is time for anyone interested in writing for this blog to contact Stephanie Appleton at The Wild Ramp. We envision that having several writers who are passionate about some aspect of local food will help continue covering the market and the farms, the local restaurants and businesses that support them, and other items of interest.  Who wants to write?volunteer-hands

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  1. January 14, 2013 7:13 pm

    Please email me at stkappleto@hotmail.com Thanks!

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