Tip: Look out for dangling modifiers. This happens when a modifier has nothing to modify. For instance: Having run through the mud, new shoes were needed. In this sentence, there’s an action (having run) but no subject. A better way of writing this would be: Having through the mud, Joan needed new shoes. And to be honest, an even better way would be: Joan ran through the mud and now needed new shoes.

Thought: “A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” – Charles Peguy.

Teaser: In addition to being National Hot Tea Month, January is also National Oatmeal and Soup Month. Create a menu for your character using these three basics. Would s/he go for elegant or simple? Would s/he eat in a restaurant, diner or at home? Alone or with someone?