I can face it. It has been a lot of years since I took any courses in writing and the English language. I'm still forgetting the rule that you do not double space between sentences and that new paragraphs start with a line between and not indented five spaces. Grammar and writing police can have a field day with my blog and the number of errors. This is an area I can get better, and am looking into a community ed class, offered several times a year, on updating language arts skills. there's a retired or underemployed teacher that is on to something most likely needed.
One area I hope to improve is my word choice; be bolder in statements. A new food item was not very tasty; it was flavorful. I wasn't very thirsty after volleyball; I was parched. Even a non pedantic writer like me can appreciate the use of an expressive word instead of a lazy adjective. (Did you see what I did there?) The thesaurus will be my friend and I like this online version, thesaurus.com. This nifty site also shares a word of the day. today I learned kvell, a Slang term meaning to be extraordinarily pleased, especially to be bursting with pride, as over ones family. I'm not sure how it is used in a sentence. "I felt kvell after watching my daughter perform last night." or perhaps, "My heart was filled with kvell, seeing my wisp of a daughter trip the lights fantastic in her show choir debut." Maybe I'll take a pass on this word of the day.
There was a featured story on my commute to work yesterday about words and short phrases that should no longer be used in 2016. This was a CNN story titled Banish these Words in 2016, School Says. I am guilty of using "so" as a pointless word to start a sentence, and will strive to do better in 2016. Other phrases such as "price point" or "break the internet" will be easy to resist.
As I do not want to send anyone's nerves to the brink of feeling like my fingernails are scraping down a chalkboard, a feeling invoked by one of the professors, I won't turn the question over to you readers by starting with the word "so." Instead, I humbly bequest of you to share any ideas, stories, or feedback on how to make my or other writers blog posts less prosaic and more imaginative.