No matter what profession one chooses, formal writing is always a part of our lives, and for those who are professional writers it can often be harder than for the rest of us.
One good thing about writing a formal letter – be it to a landlord, an employer, a corporation or a bank – is that we can always find templates in letters we have received, or online. This can be particularly helpful for people who are attempting to write formally in a foreign language. Spanish, English and Italian language courses are of course always available but often the best way is to use the help of Google.
Of course, even if you choose to study German or French at St Georges UK, formal writing tends to be laden with needless synonyms so a thesaurus is always helpful when trying to write in a more formal manner as well.
Most people have at some point attempted to write a fictional story of some kind, but writers block can often show itself during the first stages of attempting the work of fiction, so the best idea is to create a plan. This can be a vague sketch of an idea or a detailed summary of each chapter – regardless it will help with the writing process.
The first thing to do is create a plot. Write a plot synopsis of around five per cent the length of the final story and outline the events which will be set out. The next main point of planning is character development. Sometimes it helps to create moodboards with the personalities and pasts of the characters set out graphically.
Once these two main elements of preparation have been completed you can start writing. Set yourself a target for each hour, day, or week and force yourself to comple
te them. By following these steps all you need is a good editor and you’re on your way to writing your first novel.
Letters in this day and age are not necessary for us to communicate. Electronic advances have made it simple to pour out our thoughts in one fell swoop and click on a button for it to arrive at the recipient’s inbox. We can even Skype or Facebook chat with people on the other side of the world on a daily basis at no cost, making the old-fashioned love letter redundant.
However the lack of necessity has made this form of communication all the more appealing to people with a sense ofnostalgic romanticism.
To write the perfect love letter it’s important to use evocative language, often best achieved by metaphors and similies. If you’re not the most accomplished of writers or you find it hard to put your feelings into words, you can buy collections of famous love letters written by anyone from Beethoven to Lewis Carroll. Handwrite this to your love and post it. Even though the words aren’t yours the effect will be just the same.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this post. If you like my website, how about voting for me in the Macmillan Dictionary Love English Awards 2011 (Best Blog)
Jack got a call from his friend Tom. The conversation went like this:
Tom: Hi Jack
Jack: Hi Tom. What’s up?
Tom: I got a new car. Why don’t you come over and see it.
Jack: Cool! I’ll be there in a few minutes.
After the phone call, Jack talked to his wife:
Jack: Jill, I’m going to go to Tom’s house. He just got a new car. Do you want to go with me?
Jill: I’m a little busy now, thanks.
Jack: OK. I’ll go now then.
Jack got in his car and went to Tom’s house.
Tom: Hi Jack. Thanks for coming!
Jack: Sure. Jill couldn’t come because she’s busy at home.
Today, we will look at go and come. Sometimes these can be confusing. Do you know how to use these words? Have a look at the story above once more, and then check today’s lesson.
Go is used when we talk about moving away from the place where the speaker is. You go there or you go somewhere:
- I’m going to go to Tom’s house. I am moving from the place I am.
- Do you want to go with me?
- Jack got in his car and went to Tom’s house.
Come is when we talk about moving to the place where the speaker is. You come here or you come from somewhere:
- Jack is coming to my house this afternoon. He is moving to the place where I am.
- Jill couldn’t come because she’s busy at home.
- Ibrahim comes from Morocco
So, try to remember these two sentences. If you do, you won’t confuse go and come.
- I go there
- You come here.
Now, I will go to the store for some coffee, and then come back and work on some more lessons. Thanks for studying today!
I like to listen to a lot of different kinds of music. Recently, I have been getting into some jazz from the 1950’s and 1960’s. I know there are other kinds of jazz, but I really like musicians like Parker and Getz. Stan Getz plays bop, but in the 60’s he got interested in another kind of jazz; the bossa nova. This was a very interesting and new sound, different from other kinds of popular music in the 60’s. Even if you like other kinds of music, you will probably enjoy that sound.
Other and another can be a little confusing, so I thought I would go over these words today. Do you know how to use these words? Have a look at the paragraph above once more, and then check today’s lesson.
The rules are simple. We use another followed but a singular, countable noun. Another has the meaning of one more ~ or not this one but that one:
- He got interested in another kind of jazz
- Would you like another drink?
- I have this computer, and I have another computer in my office.
Other can be used with singular or plural nouns. Other has the meaning of something different from what was just mentioned.
- I like bebop, but I know there are other kinds of jazz.
- There are other things to drink besides coffee.
- I have two computers. This one is faster than the other one.
Here are some other uses of other:
- We are at the ice cream shop, but the pizza shop is on the other side of the street.
- The class is small today. Where are the other students?
I hope you find this lesson more interesting that the other ones. I will have another lesson here soon! Thanks for studying (^^)