Tutor profile: Nickolas F.
When writing, why does it help to read your own work out loud?
Because your ears will frequently catch something that your eyes miss: Short sentences may look good. But they don't sound good. They create dull rhythms. These are hypnotic. Your reader can be distracted. You writing may be fine. The way it sounds is not. You might not realize that you're starting each line with the same words. You might not think about this when you're writing. You might not be aware of it. You might not notice it until it's too late. You might not get a chance to fix it. You might not realize that this is the kind of thing your eyes don't notice, but your ears do. You can also repeat the same words and not realize you're repeating them. It's one thing to repeat a "the" or a "you," but when you repeat a larger word, it always sounds wrong to your ears, even if your eyes don't realize you are repeating yourself. Lastly, it is common for someone, no matter how a writer they are, to accidentally leave out a word. It's not unusual and it doesn't mean you're a bad writer. It means that, somewhere along way, your fingers couldn't keep up with your brain. That's it. When you read back over you wrote, your brain often 'fills in' what it THINKS are there. Your eyes may not notice this, but your ears do. Read that last paragraph out loud. I left out three words.
What novel, written by Mary Shelley and published in 1818, has frequently been referred to as the first science fiction novel?
Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein" at age 18, while sharing a vacation house with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, her future husband. Not only has it been referred to as the first science fiction novel, it is considered a vital piece of both Gothic and Romantic literature.
Nouns are often referred to as "people, places, or things." This is partly correct. People, places, and things ARE nouns, but all nouns are NOT people, places, or things. What kinds of nouns refer to subjects that cannot be spoken to; cannot be traveled to; and cannot be seen, heard, touched, smelled, or tasted.
Nouns that are NOT people, places, or things are called "abstract nouns." Abstract nouns cannot be interacted with. They cannot be sensed. However, they CAN be felt, known, and understood. They exist, but in an abstract, not a concrete way. They can be feelings, emotions, or states: happiness, joy, anger, or warmth. They can be human qualities: beauty, generosity, honesty, or brilliance. They can be concepts: faith, charity, opportunity, or victory. They can be moments in a life: birthday, marriage, career, or death.
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