Ahhh, the dreaded technical aspects of writing. It is crucial to make sure your work is as polished as possible before sending it out into the world! Here you can find all of our videos on making your words sparkle. To watch all of the WordNerds’ videos on grammar and syntax, use the embedded playlist. To find a specific topic with regards to grammar or syntax, use the list below or the search bar.
E. Latimer discusses the word “suddenly” and whether or not it really needs to be said.
Rachel Sargeant talks about how to implement beautiful words into your writing when you read sentences that make you go WOAH.
Meghan Jashinsky talks about five ways you can show that a character is confused, beyond the classic eyebrow-furrowing and frowning.
Emma Gisclair teaches the difference between accept and except using the plot of Lord of the Rings.
Erica Crouch teaches a simple trick to remember the difference between active and passive voice.
Meghan Jashinsky talks about whether it’s correct to use alright versus all right, and how language changes over time.
Emma Gisclair talks about common cliches and why you should pretty much never use them.
Calyn Morgan talks about why you should break writing rules.
Emma Gisclair talks about the importance of being specific and cutting out your pet words (the words you might use too often).
Erica Crouch talks about some common grammar mistakes (who vs. whom, grey vs. gray, alright vs. all right, the oxford comma, and more) and how to fix them!
In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about some of the most frequently made writing mistakes, and how you can catch and fix them!
Erica Crouch talks about those words you love to use all the time, and what to do when you come upon them.
Erica Crouch shares three questions you should ask yourself before tackling dual point of view.
Erica Crouch talks about the difference between fArther and fUrther … with HERCULES!
Emma Gisclair shares three of her favorite tropes and how to make them work in your own writing without being too…trope-ish.
E. Latimer talks about filter words (to think, to hear, to sound, to feel, etc.) and how to avoid them.
Are your characters and story a little too monolingual? Emma Gisclair talks about why you should include characters who speak different languages than your MC and some cool words from non-English languages.
Calyn Morgan talks about homophones, words that sound the same but differ in meaning.
Emma Gisclair talks about how to describe large quantities in your writing.
Erica Crouch talks about her favorite literary device–the hyperbole! Do you ever use hyperbolic speech?
E. Latimer wan’ts you to know that it’s A (SPACE) LOT, not ALOT.
Erica Crouch teaches the difference between its and it’s. Apostrophes are important!
L. A. Starkey–author of The Soul Keepers series and The Liarus Detective Agency series–talks about the creation of new words!
In this two-part series, Calyn Morgan teaches the difference between lay and lie. Part One: Present Tense Part Two: Past Tense
Kellie Sheridan points the way to some of her favorite grammar how-to sources.
In this two-part series, Emma Gisclair talks about the many different literary devices you might be learning in your English classes. Part One: Language Part Two: Storytelling/Content
Professional freelance editor Mickey Reed talks about the differences between affect and effect, and when to use each!
Erica Crouch gives you a quick lesson on modifiers and how to not leave them dangling! Featuring examples from DISNEY’S FROZEN.
Ema Gisclair shares some words that could add some positivity to your life!
Erica Crouch has some pet peeves, and while they aren’t technically grammatically incorrect, maybe you shouldn’t do them anyway.
E. Latimer talks about how to decide which tense you should write your story in!
Calyn Morgan talks all about personification.
Meghan Jashinsky talks about ProWritingAid, a great line editing program that she’s being trying out during Pitch Wars!
Erica Crouch talks about whether or not she is pro-prologue!
Kellie Sheridan goes over the perils of using the same words again and again in your writing.
Calyn Morgan talks about the wordiest of words…SAT words.
Calyn Morgan talks about semantic change and the improper–though universally accepted–use of nauseated and nauseous.
Erica Crouch talks about her FAVORITE form of punctuation, the semicolon!
Metaphors are fun, but they aren’t always appropriate. Emma Gisclair provides some questions you can ask yourself to determine if you really need that simile.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiEycwrSwJM Emma Gisclair talks about the importance of showing rather than telling in your writing.
Erica Crouch gives you a refresher course on subject/predicate and noun phrases/verb phrases.
Tamara Woods–author of THE SHAPING OF AN “ANGRY” BLACK WOMAN–talks about how to take your writing to the next level by infusing emotions in your sentences.
E. Latimer talks about purple prose–what it is, and whether you should avoid it or embrace it.
Meghan Jashinsky talks about The Emotion Thesaurus and how it can help you in your writing!
Calyn Morgan talks about a few words that have evolved new meanings based solely on our miss use of them.
In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about how to make your writing stronger and the sentence and paragraph level using the five senses.
Emma Gisclair talks about plagiarism and copyright laws.
Meghan Jashinsky details the proper way to use the em-dash.
Emma Gisclair teaches the difference between then and than.
Meghan Jashinsky talks about when it is appropriate to include back story in your manuscript.
Erica Crouch recommends her favorite three websites that help with grammar.
Meghan Jashinsky talks about why you should step away from the thesaurus.
Emma Gisclair explores the origins of the names of three famous fantasy characters. Do fantasy writers make up names from scratch or are they just good at research?
Erica Crouch talks about how you can remember the difference between e.g. and i.e.
E. Latimer talks about three sets of words that are commonly misused.
E. Latimer talks about some words we should all start using–the cat’s meow, smashing, jiggery pokery, and shenanigans.
Meghan Jashinsky talks about the etymology of y’all, and encourages you to get dialects right in your writing.