Tuesday’s Writing Tips: Parentheses

Tuesday’s Writing Tips 

The Elements of Style

It’s time for another writing tip from the book The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.

I selected parantheses because I am reading Gone Girl, and there are lots of sentences and expressions in parentheses in this book. I wanted to make sure I knew the rules of punctuation. I thought this tidbit was useful.

Parentheses

A sentence containing an expression in parentheses is punctuated outside the last mark of parenthesis exactly as if the parenthetical expression were absent. The expression within the marks is punctuated as if it stood by itself, except that the final stop is omitted unless it is a question mark or an exclamation point.

I went to her house yesterday (my third attempt to see her), but she had left town.

He declares (and why should we doubt his good faith?) that he is now certain of success.

(When a wholly detached expression or sentence is parenthesized, the final stop comes before the last mark of parenthesis.)

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.”
~E. Joseph Cossman

obstacles haiku

Today’s Haiku

blockade lies ahead
but only for a moment—
eye on the prize

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Are you plagued with obstacles?

~Nicole

Girl on the Go: Take Me to Oregon

Take me to Oregon! Viewing waterfalls, long bike rides, drinking craft beer and hiking in Oregon is now a permanent fixture on my Girl on the Go list. This is another addition that might take awhile to achieve.

oregon haiku

Today’s Haiku:

lush green landscapes
engulf cascading water—
drowning fallen rock

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Do you have any hotspots in Oregon that I should seek out?

Are you looking for Bucket list items? Check out some of mine here. Or, feel free to suggest a fun activity for my list! I love adventure!

~Nicole

Brain Book

I have another podcast to share with you from DIY MFA. The gal who created this website/podcast, Gabriela Pereira, is awesome. She is one of those quirky gals that you just want to be friends with. She has wonderful ideas and is not afraid to share them with her students/fans.

Today I listened to her podcast about creating a “Brain Book.” I am a sucker for trinkets and quotes that inspire creativity. I can’t wait to create a Brain Book of my own, although, it won’t happen until we move in late July. As of right now, we have already starting packing. Many supplies are packed, and I want to have plenty of time to put some thought into this book.

Please visit the podcast: DIY MFA Brain Book

Today’s Haiku:

a place for secrets
to hide without judgement—
an awakening

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Name one thing you would put in your “Brain Book.”

~Nicole

Tuesday’s Writing Tips: Avoid the Use of Qualifiers

Tuesday’s Writing Tips 

The Elements of Style

It’s time for another writing tip from the book The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.

Avoid the use of qualifiers.

Rather, very , little, pretty—these are the leeches that infest the pond of prose, sucking the blood of words. The constant use of the adjective little (except to indicate size) is particularly debilitating; we should all try to do a little better, we should all be very watchful of this rule, for it is a rather important one, and we are pretty sure to violate it now and then.

I love how the sarcasm runs deep within this paragraph. It gets the point across.

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Perfect-Moment-Inspiration-Picture-Quotes-Haiku

Today’s Haiku

moments tick by
stop…stop and appreciate
today’s offering

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What are you doing to make this day special?

~Nicole