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Vague antecedents

Who??? by John Carrel, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

Words like “this” “these”, “it”, “their” “they” refer to other words. The words they refer to are nouns that have occurred previously. 132 more words

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Proofreading

The squirrel proof bird feeder, by Kathi, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

Everyone makes mistakes when they write and so everyone has to proofread. But it can be hard to spot mistakes in your own work, because you know what you meant to write and that stops you seeing what you actually did write. 26 more words

Academic Writing

Get more productive with freewriting

You may have heard about freewriting as a method to overcome a writing block. I have committed to it for three weeks and can attest that it works. 700 more words

Grant Writing

Using headings to help your writing

HEADING WEST by M.G.N. – Marcel, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

Headings are a brief summary of what is contained in a section of work. You can therefore use them to help you get an overview of your document and whether the sections are ordered in a way that makes the most sense. 21 more words

Academic Writing

Before You Hit Send with Angela James

Angela James presented her workshop Before You Hit Send in New Hampshire last month. James is an engaging and lively presenter, even when she’s talking about something as dry as the direct address comma. 991 more words

The Craft Of Writing

Using quotes

Blunkett said that to you? No, no, I’d have done the same, by Dave Wild, Attribution-NonCommercial License

It’s not often we directly quote other authors in scientific writing, but when we do, it is important to know how to properly quote the material. 36 more words

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How Rhetorical Questions Weaken Your Story

While they have their place in rhetoric, rhetorical questions almost always weaken fiction. Below, I lay out how they stall the story, mangle POV, kill subtext, and generally frustrate readers, and why your story would be better off without them. 769 more words

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