One of the best ways to become a better writer is to read. It exposes you to new ideas and writing styles, as well as helping you find out what works and doesn’t work for you. Of course, you also learn new words and see them in context! Reading can help you to empathise with different people and gain a broader world view. There’s a reason why George R. R. Martin says “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies”! And that’s why I’ve decided to introduce ShanniiWrites English help.
As well as all of the keen writers out there, we also have avid readers. And, of course, people who fall in the middle. If you want to become a writer full-time, it’s worth being able to study the “greats” that came before you. Plus, the chances are that many of you are studying English at school, college or uni and could use a little help here and there!
So we’re going to make a home for studying the greats here on ShanniiWrites. We’ll do it in a down-to-earth way that should help you through any exam and broaden your reading horizons. I’ll try my best to demystify Shakespeare and make poetry seem easy. I’ll introduce you to big ideas and give you a good place to start if you want to do some extra reading. We’ll have genre studies where we look at story genres, their history and the most well-known stories. I’ll try to help you develop your skills as a critic, too! Heck, I might even give you some exam and note-taking tips along the way! The purpose of the ShanniiWrites English Help section is to make English fun.
What gives me the right to talk about all of this? Well, I’m not an expert. However, I am an English Language and Literature tutor with enthusiasm for my subject. I studied English in my first few years of university and I’ve helped many people through their exams. But don’t just take my word for it! I’ll give you lots of extra stuff to sink your teeth into if you’re interested. Use me as a springboard to make you a better reader.
I hope you’ll end up loving English as much as I do! The first blog post will be out ASAP.