One of the most important components of creative writing is a wide and varied vocabulary. The easiest way to acquire a good vocabulary is by reading. I remember my English teacher saying to the class that he didn’t mind what we read as long as we read something – even cornflake packets! For parents it is really worthwhile persevering until you find something that your son or daughter will read; it’s better that they read football magazines than nothing at all! Unfortunately these days many pupils are quite resistant to any type of reading and teachers have to resort to other means to improve.
While browsing on-line I found this picture which illustrates wonderfully how rich a language English is.
Fascinating Aida are brilliant.
Their Ryanair song also struck a chord with me!
Just saw this on Facebook and thought it was fun. Just ignore the occasional US spelling!
On one of the people per hour websites I was recently amazed to see someone offering the first 5 pages of proof reading for $20 with the implication that this was a really good offer. It seems very expensive to me.
Maybe I’m under charging at £20 per hour?
Obviously speed depends on the subject matter to a certain extent; I have proof read some fairly complex subjects from theology and philosophy to medical theses and they will take longer than say a creative story. Another factor that will impact on speed is the amount needing correction. If one is proof reading work from someone who does not have English as a first language there will be a certain amount of grammatical correction to be done as well as checking for normal typos.
I seem to notice more typos in novels these days – maybe proof reading is a dying art!
A great way to start a lesson on punctuation?