On Fridays, we like to share writing tips and tricks with our readers. We hope this section will encourage and inspire you to continually improve as a writer.
Writing Tip – Homophones
There, their and they’re. Your and you’re. When and win. Homophones are words with the same sound but different meanings, and there are several of them in the English language. As a writer, you need to be extra careful to make sure you are using the correct form of the word. One of the most commonly misused homophones is your and you’re. ‘Your’ is a possessive determiner, while ‘you’re’ is a contraction of you are. Ex: You’re at war. It is your turn to roll. By learning the differences in spelling and meaning of the homophones in the English language, you can prevent yourself from making embarrassing mistakes in your writing.
Writing Prompt – Mothers
On Mother’s Day, we celebrate mothers, motherhood and the influence of mothers in society. Mothers want the best for their children and work hard to be the best mother they can be. Have you told your mother how much you appreciate her and everything she has done for you lately? This year, show your mother your appreciation by using your talent and passion to write her a poem.
None of the homophones mentioned trip me up, but I do have other words that cause me difficulty. I keep them on a handy reference sheet and hopefully won’t confuse them in the future.