Writing Roundup #9

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Prompt: He opened the window
How did your homework from Writing Roundup #8 go? Did you learn anything helpful?

I plan to do more series reviews in 2019 and that means fewer review blog posts, so I'm considering increasing the frequency of the Writing Roundup posts from every four weeks to every two weeks. If you have a preference one way or the other, be sure to leave a comment.


It's a new year! For many of us, that means making goals and resolutions, but what if you're already doing too much? Check out this post by Joanna Penn:

Writing Craft

As writers we're constantly told "show, don't tell" but sometimes telling is just as useful, and showing doesn't always have to be visual. Here are three posts from Jami Gold on showing and telling:


Write a scene including the phrase “He opened the window."

You can read my basically unedited attempt at this prompt on Wattpad. Placeholder words are in [square brackets] and notes to myself for later are in {curly brackets}.

And don’t forget to share your attempt on Twitter with the hashtag:

Technical Stuff

If you’re reading the original public domain version of  The Elements of Style, read the chapter titled “Spelling.” If you’re reading a revised version (like I am) read the chapter titled “An Approach to Style.” This is my favorite chapter in the whole book. I recommend reading it 2-3 times until you have a firm grasp of the material.

If you found them helpful, I would also encourage you to continue the Grammarly and Grammar Girl assignments from Writing Roundup #5.

In Writing Roundup #10 we will begin Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty, so you'll want to pick up a copy in the next four weeks.


I’m continuing with another 28 words. If you want to use my words, I have a Memrise course for this class.

My words for this lesson are:

  1. Pavilion
  2. Aerie
  3. Barbican
  4. Rankle
  5. Jerkin
  6. Obsequious
  7. Behest
  8. Bastion
  9. Reprobate
  10. Turret
  11. Rampart
  12. Midden
  13. Mullion
  14. Tutelary
  15. Buskin
  16. Starveling
  17. Wend
  18. Obloquy
  19. Troglodyte
  20. Telluric
  21. Bedlam
  22. Andiron
  23. Halidom
  24. Minim
  25. Epithalamium
  26. Sough
  27. Paean
  28. Joss


Since I gave an update on my writing progress with last week's goals post, I don't have much more to report. I've been working on my Lunch Notes project for my husband and planning future blog posts. I also finished two of the books from my reading list for 2019 and made good progress on a third.

That’s it! Writing Roundup #10 will come out in four weeks, so you have plenty of time to do the homework and pick up a copy of Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. To find other posts in this series and a more detailed explanation of the categories, visit An Eclectic Writing Class.

What do you think? Should I we have Writing Roundups every two weeks or keep to our four-week schedule? Leave a comment below or my hairless ghost lemur will haunt your dreams.

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