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From Grammarly -- Who Writes Better: Men or Women?

Grammarly (www.grammarly.com) conducted a study with 3,000+ participants to settle an existential question that has been plaguing mankind for centuries (or maybe a few years here and there): 254 more words


The difference between a protagonist, antagonist, and main character

I’ve stuck to the terms ‘good guy’ and ‘bad guy’ in the previous post just to avoid confusion. But now that I’ve established the need to view bad guys as delusional and not truly good-intentioned, I’ll move on to the definitions of Protagonist, Antagonist, and Main Character, and how they should be implemented. 1,157 more words


Are villains the heroes of their own stories?

You’ll hear the following quite often from writers who think they’ve reached an a-ha moment: “Whoa… Bad guys are the protagonists of their own story!” From there you get a thousand different incarnations of The Grand Inquisitor. 586 more words


Writing to word limits

Writing to a word limit is something we commonly have to do. Keeping to a word limit might seem hard, but what it does that is good for you is forces you to think carefully about your topic. 330 more words

Academic Writing

How Do You Do What You Do?

Do you read wrong? When you write, are you doing it badly? Not in the sense of sloppy prose or dangling participles, but the mechanics of the act of reading and writing. 453 more words

Writing Mechanics

Sentence Sense: Parallel Structure

As promised in A Sentence is a Complete Thought, today’s post is devoted to Parallel Structure.

Parallel structure aids coherence by balancing nouns with nouns, prepositional phrases with prepositional phrases, and main clauses with main clauses. 344 more words

The Craft Of Writing

Slow Down the Fast Parts

I am days away from a deadline, and in editing mode. Lots and lots going on with this process–a future blog post, I promise. But as I am printing pages, making notes, using the editing techniques I have learned over the years, I keep thinking about what my friend Ray Daniel said at his book launch for… 221 more words

Writing Process