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Revision Tactics: Avoid Redundancy

Whenever we have a conversation, the people we are talking to can notice patterns in our speech, and we can notice their patterns as well. Think ; “you know what I’m saying” or someone who uses “like” way too much. Just like in conversation, our writing does the same thing. We can say things like “interesting point” in an academic setting...

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When in Doubt: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Writing

Are you beyond frustrated with writing? You’re not alone. All writers experience self-doubt at some point, but it’s possible to overcome. Read on for 3 tips to get yourself and your writing back on track: 1) Focus on what works. We tend to be our own harshest critics. Stressing the negative is an automatic process, a way of thinking we often fall back...

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3 Ways Hedging Creates Barriers Between You and Your Reader

Fake it ‘til you make it. Power Posing. Visualization. These are just a few techniques for gaining and portraying confidence. You know being confident and self-assured is a key to being successful, but are you portraying that same level of confidence in your writing? “. . . just wanted to let you know I’ll have this to you by EOD today.”   “I’m wondering...

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Recommended Reading for Writers: Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird

There’s a reason so many composition instructors introduce their students to Anne Lamott’s wonderfully witty “Shitty First Drafts.” Enlightening yet approachable, her advice shows writers-in-progress that all is not, indeed, hopeless. Better yet, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, which includes her well-known essay, gives readers the next best thing to taking a writing workshop with the irrepressible...

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Finding Your Voice

You may not know this, but everyone has a signature style in their writing. Have you ever explored yours? It’s actually a lot of fun! Here are a few ways to play around and maybe add a bit of pizazz to your writing. Steal Picasso once said, “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” This can be shocking to those who have a never...

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Blogging for Business: 5 Essential Writing Tips

As a small business owner looking to extend your reach and grab the attention of potential customers, you’ve decided to add a blog to your website. Smart choice! Now, here are 5 writing tips to get you started:   #1: Write to and for potential customers. Think of each blog post you write as a casual chat with a customer. Ideally, how would that...

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