Surviving my courses
APA / MLA style sheets
Exam study guides
Fixing writing problems
One bite at a
Writing with pizazz
Volunteering overseas for a year
Love Link ministry -- Oklahoma City
Want better grades?
Are the heathen really lost?
Want more out of life?
Knowing if you have a missions call
An African martyrs statement on commitment
Mission trip fund raising
10 ways to ruin mission trips
conferences and events
Nazarene Missions International resource pages
Linking to me
Two dozen ways to improve your writing
Southern Nazarene University emphasizes writing all across its curriculum. We've sometimes used the phrase writing across the curriculum to describe the commitment of the entire faculty to helping students become articulate writers. Following good grammar rules is important in that process.
Papers in Howard Culbertsons classes will be graded on writing technique and grammar as well as content. Before you turn a paper in, go over it carefully. View each writing assignment as a chance to improve your ability to express yourself clearly and effectively.
Do you like irony? If so, here are two dozen tongue-in-cheek writing rules. Use this humorous checklist to eliminate writing problems.
- Don't use no double negatives.
- About them sentence fragments.
- Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
- Between you and I, case is important.
- Do not submit writing asssignments in email or cell phone text format - thx!
- Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
- Use your apostrophe's correctly. Omit the apostrophe when its not needed.
- Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
- Of course, if any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
- Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
- A writer must not shift your point of view.
- Avoid clichés like the plague. They're old hat. So, go around the barn at high noon to avoid clichés and colloquialisms.
- Do not be redundant and keep repeating yourself; do not use more words than necessary; eliminate the superfluous in your writing.
- One should NEVER generalize.
- Be more or less specific.
- And avoid starting sentences with a conjunction.
- Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
- Don't use commas, that are not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.
- Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed. So, take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
- Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
- Be careful to use the write homonym.
- DO NOT use multiple exclamation points and all caps to EMPHASIZE a point!!!!!!!!
- Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth-shaking ideas.
- Proofread your writing to see if you any words out.
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SNU missions course materials and syllabi
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