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The paragraph below were written for a class exercise Using Infinitives as Nouns and Adjectives. It demonstrates how infinitives may be used as a subject and as an adjective in your writing.

Three Writing Rules

     Good writers listen, observe, and act. Writers need an ear. Reading writing aloud helps us find what sounds wrong. Thus, good ears make us better writers. Through our eyes, too, comes useful writing information. Observe your surroundings. Recently, I noted that snow equals cleaner carpets; my dog only tracks in water! Our observations become the examples we require. Once we have heard and seen we need to act, for writing is a vital human desire. Writing teacher, Anne Lamott, says, I write because I want to and Im good at it! Focus on listening, observation and action to write effectively. (100 words; second draft by Brad Hyde on January 19, 2005)

Writing Rules

     Good writers follow the rules of listening, observing, and acting. Writers have an ear. One student tonight enjoyed reading his writing aloud and could tell when it sounded wrong. Thus, a good ear makes for a better writer. Through our eyes, too, comes much useful writing information. Observe what surrounds you. I noticed today that my carpet has been much cleaner since last Wednesday. The reason? My dog has tracked in only snow on her paws! What we observe becomes the details our writing teachers ask us to give. Once we have heard and seen, we need then to act. To write is a vital human desire. Writing words on paper is both active and necessary. As a famous writing teacher, Anne Lamott, says, I write because I want to and Im good at it! Focus on listening, observation and action as rules for effective writing. (146 words; first draft by Brad Hyde on January 13, 2005)

 

 

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