T is for Too Many to Choose From

26 04 2010

You were challenged last week to focus on being insightful writers and many of your rose to the challenge. In fact, many of you rose to the challenge really well! So much so that there are too many great examples of insightful writing to choose just 1 or 2 to highlight here. So check these writers out for different ideas and examples of how you can write with insight:

Hannah, Michael, Andy, Emma, Hayley, Emily, Lyndsey, Liam and Kate.


Pooja, Emilie, Emelie, Robert, Laurel, Emma, Tommy, Erika, and Libby

Keep up the insightful writing!


R is for Rich Re-Tell

14 04 2010

Everyone loves to tell and re-tell and re-tell again to anyone who will listen about important things that happen in our lives. When you’re re-telling an event have you ever noticed that sometimes your audience is hanging on every word and then other times they are clearly tuning you out? Why is this?

I think it has to do with the passion of the story-teller. When someone tells me a story and I can see what has happened to them in my head and imagine what it would be like to be them, I hang on to every word. But when someone tells me a story and just sticks to a list of events, well I tend to do my best to politely listen.

There is nothing wrong with sharing an event that has happened in your life with your blogging audience, but do your very best to create what this event looked like, smelled like and felt like so your readers can join you as you re-live the adventure.

For a tremendous example of one way this be done take a look at Jenny’s post E.

I is for Imagery

13 04 2010

The topic might seem silly but Emily has written a post that will knock your socks off with its super effective use of imagery. I’m sure every reader of Emily’s S is for Showers post will find themselves day-dreaming of their own relaxing shower routine.

If you are working on making your own posts more descriptive this is an outstanding example of one approach.

S is for Setting Goals

25 02 2010

I set a goal after Christmas break to highlight great blog posts every week…clearly I have slipped up recently! But the bloggers listed below set goals for their writing this term and have worked hard to meet them. Congratulations ladies!

Georgia, Erika and Hannah you must have more stickwithitness than I do!

D is for Diction

28 01 2010

Diction is one of those fancy terms writers and editors use to talk about choosing good words in your writing and speech. The official definition is:

“Choice of words for the expression of ideas; the construction, disposition, and application of words in discourse, with regard to clearness, accuracy, variety, etc.”

Thomas, Saski, Tommy and Jenny all made great choices with regard to diction in their posts this week.

Take a look at their posts and consider how you can make even more effective word choices in your next post.

T is for Terrific Tributes

21 01 2010

All of the bloggers highlighted below paid tribute to something important to them – and did an excellent job!

Hayley and Emma – well organized
Robert – who knew a 12 year old could be so thoughtful?!..and a more effective writer with each post
Emelie and Alex – let their sense of humour and personality shine through with every word
Libby – a sweet story, that put a smile on my face…although I’m not sure it was meant to 😉

G is for Great First Alphabiography Posts

19 01 2010

Check out the following blogs for some examples of great writing:

Laurel and Andy – for letting their own voice come shining through their writing
Emma – for applying what she learns in language arts and using an impressive magnet simile in her post
Darcy and Rowena – for excellent use of descriptive language
Jamie – for clearly connecting her life lesson to the main idea of her post