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Writing Masterclass: Sentences (Strategy 2 in the Writing Masterclass Series)

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5 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction (Please note the whole series is broken down by one Strategy per course, not two strate

    • 2. Introduction and Writing Sentences: Active Voice Strategy 2 Technique 1

    • 3. Writing Sentences: Action Verbs Strategy 2 Technique 2

    • 4. Writing Sentences: Action Verbs Strategy 3 Technique 3

    • 5. ClosingThoughts

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In this course you will learn to hone your style and craft in the fundamentals of effective writing.

  • Practice effective word usage and economy
  • Implement proactive sentence structure
  • Utilize effective word order and sentence flow
  • Create strong intros, conclusions, paragraph order, and variety
  • Strategize your purpose and unity with maximum effect
  • Convince your reader through strong logic and presentation
  • Understand what attitudes will give you an edge in your writing
  • Practice effective habits that will help you create the writing quality you desire

This course is intended to be part of the series, Writing Masterclass: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Mastery. "Writing Sentences" is Strategy 2 of this series:

Strategy 1, Writing Words

Strategy 2, Writing Sentences

Strategy 3 Writing Structures

Strategy 4, Writing Paragraphs

Strategy 5, Writing Purpose

Strategy 6, Writing Presentaiton

Strategy 7, Writing Attitudes

Strategy 8 Writing Habits

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Rachel Leroy

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Rachel Leroy BA, MA, MFA

Writing Professor and Personal Growth Teacher


As a teacher and lifelong learner, I'm excited to engage my creativity and expertise to help students and other learners engage in empowering learning experiences that will help them succeed in their careers, education, and lives. With thirteen years experience as an Assistant Professor in English, writing, and composition at Georgia Southern University, I have acquired experience teaching writing and composition, creative writing, critical thinking and logic, online learning, research methods, first year college experience, student-centered learning, editing, grammar, and literature.

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1. Introduction (Please note the whole series is broken down by one Strategy per course, not two strate: hello and welcome to writing that sales techniques that will transform your riding. This course offers you an opportunity to improve your riding style through specific techniques that you can apply right away to your writing process. Now this isn't a course on how to sell your writing directly, but it's a course on how to improve your riding style itself, which will increase the chances that you're riding will sell itself. In addition to specific marketing strategies that you may use, the course covers different sections of the writing process and nuts and bolts techniques on how to improve your writing process and your riding style. It covers all the way from the word level, all the way to global issues all the way to habits and attitudes. The course is set up into four sections, one section on words and sentences, so it starts with words and then builds into sentences. Then there's another section on paragraphs and structures, and so it's scaffold and builds into paragraphs in structures in terms of larger chunks of the writing process. And then it goes into purpose and presentation, which is looking more at global ideas, combining paragraphs and combining host structures of your piece to see what it looks like as a whole, and then stepping back from your writing pieces individually and looking at them as a group . You will also have a section on habits and attitudes that can help maximize your writing process, help you to improve your riding style and help you to increase the chances of succeeding in your goals as a writer. Now, this course is for anybody who wants to improve the writing style. It's targeted more for beginners, but it could also be useful for intermediate riders. Whether you're a business writer, a creative writer, someone who writes poems, short stories, poetry, someone who blocks someone who writes academically. Whatever the case, maybe there's a little bit of something for everyone in this course. If you're an advanced writer, you may find things that will help you here. But this is more, of course, for in intermediate and beginning riders the goal of this course and what it will do for you, this course. Like I said, we'll help you to improve yourself as a writer in a way that will be techniques that you can apply practically and specifically. And, um each course section. Like I said, it's set up into two strategies per section. There's eight strategies total several techniques per strategy and each technique For most of them. There is an explanation. First a rule and then an explanation, a demonstration or an example and then an application of it in some way so that you can put it into practice right away. The example helps you to see that particular technique in practice, and then the exercise and or the quiz at the end of each particular strategy will actually help you to apply that technique so you know how to use it in your own riding, and you can apply it right away. Keep in mind that none of these techniques are necessarily catch alls. For example, if we say use active voice, that doesn't mean that you use active voice 100% of the time. So keep in mind that these techniques are not all out rules, even though that word may be used on occasion to describe these techniques. So if there's a case where active voice is not appropriate or it doesn't flow, well, then don't use it. So this is like I said. Each technique is not a catch all but a general rule of thumb. In each situation, you'll need to look at the context of the situation to see what's most appropriate, like anything, for example, a musician. First, you have to learn the rules before you can break them, and then once you understand the nature of them, that's when breaking them becomes appropriate because you understand the context of a situation, so keep that in mind as well. But this course is unique because it covers a wider range of techniques than some of the similar courses that air included on this side and similar sites because it includes a wider range of techniques in many cases, and also it covers habits and attitudes. I think it's important not just to look at the Senate's level and the word level, the paragraph level and the whole work level. But to stand back and look at your works as a whole and look at patterns in your own riding style and patterns in your habits that influence those techniques, and so we'll talk about and cover that as well. The course is set up in terms of each of the sections in each of the techniques in each of the strategies. For each section, there will be two videos with talking over slide shows, so they'll be to slide shows per section, and there will be a talking head video over each one that will guide you through that process. At the end of that talking head video or slide show, there will be either a quiz or a some kind of technique or exercise to apply to that. In some cases, there may be both, but in most cases it will be either one or the other, depending on which is more appropriate in that situation. So let's go ahead and get started and welcome to the course writing that sales techniques that will transform your writing. 2. Introduction and Writing Sentences: Active Voice Strategy 2 Technique 1: Hello and welcome to strategy two sentences. In the last strategy, we worked on the word level, and in this strategy, we're going to build on that. You can almost see this whole class or this whole course as a scaffolding or a building a sequencing of different things, and you need the 1st 1 in order to establish the 2nd 1 in order to establish the 3rd 1 kind of like a geometry pre for something. But in this strategy, we have three techniques, and then you're actually in the explanation to strategy to strategy to simply states. Activate your sentences, activate your sentences, and the explanation for that is to use active voice, prefer action verbs and limit your use of passive verbs, active forms and verbs, streamline weeks structures and Claire five Bacon's. So when you use passive voice, for example, you are not sure what's being done to what and who's doing what to whom or to what, and so it can get very unclear in terms of subjects and objects. But when it comes to using active voice, it's direct. It's strong, it activate your Senate's just like the strategy suggests, so technique. One is to use active voice once again, it is not an absolute rule in some situations. You may actually want to use passive voice if you want to emphasize something being done to someone. For example, if someone is being victimized, using passive was emphasizes that more. But in most cases you want to use active voice. Active voice identifies what's being done, to whom it activates your cynics. It makes it more action oriented. It streamlines it, and it makes it more clear and precise of what's being done to whom and why. And so, in terms of using active voice, the explanation states use active voice. Unless you're emphasizing the object of the action or there is no other way to express an idea. In some cases, you'll also find it difficult to express it in another way. And if that's the case, fine. Don't worry about it. But keep in mind that usually there's a better way toward something in the active but passive voice often creates ambivalence and weakness. Active voice clarify meaning clarifies meeting and strengthens tone. A good example. Here, a simple example. The ball was caught by Samantha that emphasizes the ball instead of the action, and so a better way to activate the Senate's would be to say, Samantha caught the ball. It's stronger, It's more precise, It's more streamlined, and the meaning is much more clear. And so that's an activated Senate's. So, for technique one. Just remember as much as possible wind possible, and when it's better, use active voice. 3. Writing Sentences: Action Verbs Strategy 2 Technique 2: Hello and welcome to strategy to Senate's is technique to prefer action verbs so that one is to prefer action verbs. When you have a choice between using an action verb or maybe a more generic verb, like a B or 1/2 form or something similar to that, use action verbs instead. The explanation here states action verbs at precision and give momentum to sentences Google lists of action verbs for examples. And so action verbs not only add precision to the sentence, but they also give it more momentum. So that's something that active voice also does. And so when you use action verbs, you are also more likely to use active voice. And if you use active voice, you're more likely to use action verbs. An example. Waas Mary had a baby Mary had a baby. Are we talking about her giving birth here, or are we talking about her having a baby with her? It's very vague sentence, And so if you say Mary gave birth to a baby, we know exactly what you're talking about. If you say that Mary took her niece with her to the grocery store, we know that she didn't give birth to the baby, but that she had possession of the baby at that time, and the baby was with her when she went to the supermarket. And so that clarifies. But it also activates the Senate's. Another example of that would be the old man would be the old man walked down the street as he held the back, and a correction here to use an active verb would make it more precise. Listen to this, because they're several versions of the S, and every time the verb has changed, it changed is the meaning of the sentence. But it also very much clears of your image in your mind of what's going on. The old man walked down with street. Well, there's coming a lot of things, and it's OK, but listen to this wording. Instead, the old man sauntered down the street as he swung the back. You get a very clear image of a man whose chipper who's happy. He's probably in a good mood. He's going down the street. He has a bag in his hand, so it's a cheerful and upbeat image. Now listen to this one. The old man staggered down the street as he clutched the back, once again replaced by to action verbs. But in this case, we get an idea of maybe a homeless man making someone who is drunk or something of that nature. So it's a more solemn image of someone who is probably under the influence of alcohol, and he probably still has the empty bottle in his hand. And you probably picture someone that's more ragged and maybe not as well put together. And so you get a very clear image of that one as well. And it's much more precise. Another example of Vachss Senate's In terms of verb usage, Doris went over the speed limit and got a speeding ticket. Went, Go, got, have is be. All of those can be quite vague Once again, that doesn't mean don't use them to try to minimize your use of those kinds of generic and vague verbs replaced, Um, just like you do in other situations with other forms of speech, with something more precise and more descriptive, and also something that activates the Senate's more. This gives you a clearer sense of what is going on. Doris zoomed by a cop going 100 miles an hour and received a $500 ticket. We definitely understand that, especially if we've ever gotten a speeding ticket, received a speeding ticket, and so that is much more precise. Zoomed by is more clear than went over the speed limit. We get a clear sense of exactly how fast she was going and then got a speeding ticket. She received one. And so it's definitely a clear image of what that situation entailed. And so just remember that strategy to is to use active voice unless you're emphasizing the object of the action or there is no other way to express an idea. 4. Writing Sentences: Action Verbs Strategy 3 Technique 3: hi and welcome to strategy three. Limit use of passive verbs. This is very similar to and adding on to what we were talking about in technique to which was to prefer action verbs. And so, along with preferring action verbs. Of course, you want to limit your use of passive verbs in passive constructions. All of these three really interconnect and overlap like what I was talking about earlier. How a lot of these strategies and techniques will overlap. So if some of them seem a little redundant, each one does, which says something different. But it may also cover some of the strategies or techniques in some of the other sections, So strategies here are the techniques here do overlap a little bit and technique. Three states limit use of passive verbs, and the explanation is this. An X is an extension of technique to passive verbs. Dilute meaning and encumber flow. Used be verbs and forms of half go and get another. Similar verbs sparingly used them sparingly. Once again. It's not an absolute you can use. Works like half got, go be get, and in some cases that may be the best or only verb for the job, but in most cases, you can use a stronger, more precise more action or unit and more descriptive and clarifying. For an example, Mark had to go get milk from the store. That's wordy. It's vague. It's water down. This is better. Mark purchased milk from the store. It's activated its action oriented, and the verb is more descriptive and precise. And so it's a much stronger example. So the last technique in strategy to it's just to remember to limit use of passive verbs. And so all of this comes together by combining these three techniques, often into one senator one strategy. So keep in mind that all of these do overlap, and in some cases they can even be the same situation. And so just remember, for strategy to Teoh, prefer action verbs, eliminate Tom passive verbs and to use active voice, and that will help you to strengthen your sentences, strengthen the structure of your sentences and to clarify the meaning of your sentences. 5. ClosingThoughts: Hello, my dear students, I want to thank you for taking this course in the series on riding master class and at the end of each of thes courses in the Siri's Ah, large portion of them will have an exercise and you'll see that in the documents section of the course is some of them may not, but many of them wheel if he would. I encourage you to do the exercises, take the quizzes and put your results to the exercises in the project area of the course that allows us to see what you're doing. I can give you feedback on your exercises so that you can see how you're doing in terms of mastering the class concepts and also includes some edited pieces that you have done or riding pieces that you have done based on the class. Police put those in the project section so we can see, and I can see the wonderful things that you're doing to improve your riding so you can see real results occur. And also, if you wouldn't mind if you have enjoyed the course. If you've gotten something from the course, police check the box that says I would recommend. This course will probably see it at the top of your screen or somewhere popped up on your screen near the end in the last lecture of the course. If you would do that, I greatly appreciate it. And police leave an honest review so that it will allow me to help you and to make better courses for other students in the future. Thank you so much for your time, and I look forward to seeing you there. And also, if you have questions, police post them in the discussion area. I love to talk about riding. I love to help you with your riding. And while I don't have time to give full critiques on rotting, I will be more than glad to comment on your responses to the questions there that are exercises in the course. So if you have any questions in general police, feel free to write right me and reach out to me as well. You can also find my contact information in my faculty profile, and I look forward to getting to know you have a great day