The Thursday Three #33

Try saying the title of this blog post five times fast!

  1. A couple months ago, I took a course so I can become certified by the American Medical Writers Association (and have something nice to put on my resume). In the course I learned a useful “pattern of questions” that can be employed when trying to edit long, confusing sentences: First ask, “What is the verb?” Then ask, “Who or what?” about the verb. This will help you find the subject. Finally, ask, “Whom or what?” after the subject and verb together. This will help you find the direct object of the verb. From there, you’ll hopefully know enough to make sense of the sentence and edit it so it’s less confusing.
  2. I haven’t been inside the fictional land of my stories in a while, and I’m trying to decide on a reasonable goal that I can stick to and still make progress. They say that 100 words a day is good because it’s a tiny amount and very manageable, and at the end of the year, you end up with a cute little novella. However, “they” didn’t mention that it’s hard to get into (and stay into) a story when it’s being written at such a slow pace.
  3. The three most important pieces of marriage advice I’ve gotten so far are (1) always communicate, (2) the first year is the hardest, and (3) talk to your spouse first about any issues; don’t go whining to anyone else. The three most important pieces of wedding advice I’ve gotten so far are (1) it’s your wedding; do what you want, (2) it’s your wedding; do what you want, and (3) it’s your wedding; do you what you want, but you really should do it this way…

How’s everyone’s week going?

5 thoughts on “The Thursday Three #33

  1. 1) When I went to high school, we were taught how to diagram sentences — identifying the different components and how they linked together. I found this annoying at the time, but since then I’ve wondered if I should have paid closer attention.

    3) “the first year is the hardest” — I agree completely about communicating (with each other), but I’m very leery about generalizations like this. Sometimes yes and probably sometimes no. One thing I am pretty sure about is that there’s no magic about the second year. If the first year is hard and the second is easier, it’s because the couple worked out the stuff that was making the first year hard. (You know, the communicating thing 🙂 )

    Oh, and yes, it’s your wedding. Do what you want. Period. 🙂

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    1. With the kind of editing I do, I would never have time to diagram the sentence, and I never learned how, so I’m guessing the pattern of questions would be much quicker and easier.
      And the other part of #3 is probably “communicate, but know when to shut up too” 🙂

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  2. I used to be able to diagram sentences in my sleep but I’d probably need a refresher course today…I don’t think it’s necessary, but fun if you’re a total grammar nerd like me! 🙂

    My sister is getting married this year. How exciting and I’m so happy for you! I keep telling my sister to do what she wants to do too! Even if things don’t work out exactly how you plan them, those things become part of the story. Best of luck to you!


    1. I remember taking a class in college that wasn’t about diagramming sentences per se but it broke down sentences into little grammar trees. Something to do with Noam Chomsky. I hardly understood it at the time, but I could see how it would be useful. 🙂 Thank you for your well wishes!

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