School · Writing

Tips For Academic Writing

Blog posts are the only things I know how to write, but even that is questionable. It depends who you ask.

So whenever I have to write for academia, you can imagine the ensuing panic. And if you can’t, I’ll try to describe it.

Never mind, I can’t.

Safe to say I’m no expert when it comes to writing research papers or literary essays. But somehow I’ve gotten by.

How? I have no idea.

Do I have any business giving advice on writing? Nope. Will that stop me? Never.

Follow instructions. Follow rules. Follow whatever your professor says.

I hate following with a passion. But I’ll do whatever it takes to pass. Academic writing will never be as kind to you as creative writing is.

If you’re ever unsure about a fact, double check.

When you’re unsure of the meaning of a word, look it up. It’s always better to err on the side of caution. Always.

When in doubt, cut it out.

Try to delete anything you don’t need. It’s hard to detect sometimes, especially if you’re editing your own writing. But you’ll thank yourself later. Besides, everyone is better off without unnecessary adverbs. Seriously, your lovely teacher will totally understand that your really amazingly awesome point is very important.

Know your weaknesses.

Also, try to learn the words you fall back on as a crutch. You know what words I’m talking about. In elementary, my teachers pointed out my love for the word “then.” Then this happened. Then I did that. Then you get the idea. Now for some reason, I have a mildly unhealthy attraction to the word “that”. It’s more obvious in my essay writing when I’m not careful. Using the same words again and again becomes redundant. If you use them too much, the word loses power. After all, not every sentence needs to begin with “then” followed by “that.”

Even if you follow nothing else I’ve said, hopefully you’re able to do this:

Write about something you care about, something you’re passionate for.

It doesn’t have to be a topic you know like the back of your hand either. That’s why research exists. I realize students don’t always get a say in the matter. Still, finding an interesting subject that makes you want to write is half the battle.

Writing

Tips on Overcoming Rejection

Because I’ve been rejected more times than I care to count. 

Do something else. Distract yourself. Divert your attention. Dance like someone is watching. 

Keep going. Even if that means you get rejected. Again. Every rejection is worth it if you get that acceptance in the end. 

Work on a different project. A rejection doesn’t give you permission to throw in the towel. It isn’t the end of the world. Besides you’re capable of creating another story, publishing a different article, succeeding in other ways.

At some point, rejections became part of my regime, my routine. It’s so normal for me I barely bat my short eyelashes. 

Productivity

Clear Formatting Tip

I don’t know if I’m going to explain this clearly enough but here goes.

If you ever wanted to clear the formatting of text (think size, style, spacing, etc.), paste the text into the address bar of your web browser. Then copy it again and voila, your text won’t be bold, red, 32 pt. font, so on.

It works like a charm every time.

I do this so often.

Try it. See the magic with your own eyes.

Maybe you knew about this years ago. In that case, you should have told me earlier!

Quotes · Writing

Three Days, Three Quotes: Challenge (Part 3)

I was nominated by Charles, GalitHannah, and Amy.

If you missed part one, check it out here.

If you want to see part two, here you go.

Rules:

  • Post one quote a day for three days (from others or your own).
  • Nominate three other bloggers to participate per post.
  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

I’m taking some old writing tips from myself so it isn’t really stealing. It’s recycling. The environment can thank me later.

You can find daily (if I don’t forget) writing tips on my Facebook and my Twitter.

I say this all the time:

You cannot rush creativity.

Nominations: 

  • Y
  • O
  • U

I know, I know. I said the following in my first post of this series:

“I’ll try to follow these rules. No guarantees though.”

The rebel in me is nominating anyone and everyone who wants to partake in sharing quotes. Inclusiveness should be my middle name.

That’s all, folks. I’ll be back to my usual silliness tomorrow.

Quotes · Writing

Three Days, Three Quotes: Challenge (Part 2)

Thank you Charles, GalitHannah, and Amy for the nomination.

If you missed part one, check it out here.

Rules:

  • Post one quote a day for three days (from others or your own).
  • Nominate three other bloggers to participate per post.
  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

I’m taking some old writing tips from myself so it isn’t really stealing. It’s recycling. The environment loves me.

You can find daily (if I don’t forget to post) writing tips on my Facebook and my Twitter.

In keeping with the focus of my blog, my quote/tip/advice for today is:

In life, you avoid conflict. In fiction, you embrace it.

Nominations: 

Again, no rush and no obligation.

They are lovely bloggers and incredible people so show them some love.

Ready for part three or are you bored of me already?

Quotes · Writing

Three Days, Three Quotes: Challenge (Part 1)

I was nominated by Charles, GalitHannah, and Amy. Thank you all.

Go follow them if you aren’t already. They are awesome bloggers and fantastic individuals.

As you can see, I’ve been procrastinating greatly on these challenges.

Cheers to overdue blog posts. It’s starting to become my style.

Rules:

  • Post one quote a day for three days (from others or your own).
  • Nominate three other bloggers to participate per post.
  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

I’ll try to follow these rules. No guarantees though.

I’m taking some old writing tips from myself so it isn’t really stealing. It’s recycling.

You can find daily (if I don’t mess up) writing tips on my Facebook and my Twitter.

Keeping with the focus of my blog, my quote/tip/advice is:

When criticizing the work, never criticize the writer.

Nominations: 

Do check out their wonderful blogs.

Don’t feel rushed. Don’t feel obligated.

If you’ve been nominated and completed this challenge already, blame me for not looking into it or remembering.

Because it doesn’t explicitly say that I need to let my nominees know I’ve tagged them, I’m not going to let them know. One, I’m lazy. Two, I love stumbling across a blogger who tagged me in a post without telling me. Three, I am a bit pressed for time these days.

Those are my excuses. Don’t steal them.

Writing

Advice From A Writer To All Non-Writers

Don’t correct a writer unless they are wrong.

I forgot to mention writers are never wrong.

So basically you never correct a writer.

Personal Reflection

Envelope Opening

I can’t open an envelope to save my life.

Actually I can; I just don’t do it with grace.

Poor envelopes.

If anyone is willing to share their envelope opening tips, I’m listening.