Have you ever written a paper only to realize that you’re using the same, exact vocabulary over and over again? Acknowledged that you’ve totally used words like “logical”, “thorough,” and “crucial” so many times they’ve lost all meaning? Writing a paper for a college class can feel like a bit of a drag sometimes. When … Continue reading Step Up Your Adjective Game!
Hemingway abhorred them. Stephen King famously quipped, “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs.” If there can be such a thing as a controversial part of speech, adverbs probably are it. On the one hand, adverbs can be useful tools to enhance your writing. They can convey important information about how something … Continue reading Adverbs: To Use or Not To Use?
by Amanda CrossHow do you create a Facebook post that gets engagement, showcases your best skills, and doesn’t create a cyclone of regret later? Keep reading for some excellent advice on how to write Facebook posts you can be proud of!1. Always check for spelling and grammarText or internet speak is different from incorrect grammar. … Continue reading 6 Tips for Writing Better Facebook Posts
It’s easy to let a proper noun slip past your “shift” key while writing. There are some trademarked words that just seem so…generic. Check out this list and never be fooled by a proper noun masquerading as a common noun again.Can you pass me a Kleenex?In a haze of pollen, it’s easy to forget that … Continue reading The Proper Noun We Always Forget to Capitalize
The English language is a tough business. So much so, it’s unimaginable to have mastered all its intricacies. (See what I did there?)Determining whether to use “it’s” or “its” is an essential building block of good writing, but it’s easy to let this little word topple your Jenga tower. Even the most seasoned writers are … Continue reading It’s vs. Its: What’s the Difference?
We all need a little help in school (and life). Showing appreciation for all our parents and friends have done for us usually happens casually, whether it be a simple “thank you,” returning the favor, or another gesture. But what about those times where a little formality is needed?Like thanking your teacher for writing you … Continue reading Write the Best Formal Thank You Note in 5 Simple Steps
by Amanda ClarkWriter’s block. We’ve all experienced this demon. You get an assignment, sit down to begin, and BAM! Nothing. Or you write a stellar first page, feel like a writing rock star and then—BAM! Nothing.When you have deadlines to meet, a foggy brain can be more than a nuisance. Next time, skip the stress … Continue reading 4 Ways to Battle Writer’s Block (and Win)
by Muranda Mendez As a college student, I’ve learned new tips and techniques that have made me a stronger, more efficient writer—and even made the writing experience more enjoyable. Sometimes I’ve found myself thinking, “I wish I’d known this earlier!”So, here are five writing secrets that I’ve discovered in college that I wish I’d known as … Continue reading The 5 Writing Secrets I Wish I’d Known in High School
by Muranda MendezYou’ve seen them in grammar handouts from teachers, pushed somewhere between warnings on overusing commas and misplacing apostrophes. Maybe you’ve tried to stick one in your essay, checking 10 times to make sure you were using it correctly. The semicolon has puzzled students for decades. It seems so smart and sophisticated—but how do you … Continue reading Does Anyone Really Know How to Use a Semicolon?
We’ve all experienced the mental block that occurs when the well of ideas has run dry. Snap out of staring-into-space mode with these brainstorming tips for infinite ideas generation.Switch Up Your MethodThere are lots of different brainstorming methods to choose from—so if one isn’t working for you, try switching to another. Examples include:1. Free WritingFree … Continue reading How to Brainstorm When You’re Out of Ideas