Yes, thank you, it helps a lot. I think I’ll have to go with the feminine form and write a sidebar note.
That’s because both forms are common- it only depends on who you’re talking to. Also, there are Hebrew words such as “yours” that are pronounced differently but written the same. I could use these words more, and it could make it less annoying for fathers.
And here’s today’s assignment:
For today’s assignment I decided to use one of your posts on copyblogger. It was one of the posts that brought me to your site (I’m forever grateful for that!):
A Rabble-Rouser’s Rules for Writing Kick-Ass Closing Paragraphs
It’s time to channel your inner rabble-rouser
— This subhead creates a fun image and raises curiosity. The rabble-rouser throughout this post calls to action and creates a memorable theme.
Rabble-rouser rule #1: Address your reader
— This states the tip/rule directly. Makes me think: how? why?
Rabble-rouser rule #2: Shrink the change
— Raises curiosity. Shrink? Change?
Rabble-rouser rule #3: Take away the biggest obstacle
— Again, this is the rule/tip, and it makes me think how can I do that?
Rabble-rouser rule #4: Touch your reader’s heart
— Same as before. Touching the heart is also an emotional expression, and it connects to me immediately.
Rabble-rouser rule #5: Nail your last line
— This is also the rule, but it also makes me think: Mmm! I want to know how to do that!
The truth about your final paragraphs …
— Raises curiosity. Please, tell me!
Many times when writing a short list post, the benefit is stated at the intro, and then the subheads state the tips. I wondered if there’s a better way to do that, and looked at your post. Some of your subheads raise curiosity while others state the rule more directly. I like that blend, and wonder if you have any more thoughts on the subject?
Now, for my post, I decided to go for the Ezra post again and check its subheads.
What’s special about this book
— Raises curiosity. Not too much though. I could’ve written “the special thing about this book”.
Similarities between “The Horse Boy” and “Following Ezra”
— Supposed to raise curiosity. Many parents know “the horse boy”, but my subhead doesn’t take full advantage of that. Another option could be “If you liked “the horse boy”…”
There are many ways to tell a story.
— After rewriting the opening paragraph on module 6, I could change this one and write: “how telling the story differently helps you find meaning”. a benefit.
Wait a minute, if his name is Ezra…
— Quite good at raising curiosity. I’m sure it crossed Israelis’ minds.
It’s a story about a father who decided not to mourn.
— Very emotional, raises curiosity.
What about you?
— A subhead for the closing paragraph, which I clearly need to work on!
So, most of them are meant to raise curiosity, and with one change I can add a benefit-focused one.