Quick Tip #22: Becoming a More Conscious Writer

How often do you half-heartedly work on a paper at the last minute, hand in it, and promptly forget all about it until you see the final grade? While that process might help you to survive a class, how much are you learning about your writing when you aren't paying attention to your progress? If …

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#TBT: Meme of the Week #23 – There is No Write Way

On Monday, we talked about the many joyful and -- sometimes -- agonizing steps of the writing process. But, after I hit "post," I realized that I had skipped a step: the moments of self-doubt and silencing our inner critics. Today, we're going to fix my oversight and remind ourselves that everyone doubts their work as …

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Sprucing Up Your Personal Writing

We've all read stories that made us say, "wait, where have I seen this before?" Too often, we see reoccurring tropes and clichés that can tend to muddy up fiction, making some seem predictable. We don't want that, especially when you're committed to putting in the necessary time and effort into making your work as …

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#TBT: Combatting Writer’s Block

Ah, the dreaded writer's block. Though midterms may be over (or ending, hopefully!), the issues of not knowing where to start, what to write, or how to even counter that nagging urge to binge on Netflix instead of open a document are eternal. Even the strongest, most confident writers are not immune to this issue. …

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The Art of Breaking the Rules

I've been reading George Saunders' book Lincoln in the Bardo for my book club and this line from the text is one that stood out to all of us as we read: His mind was freshly inclined toward sorrow; toward the fact that the world was full of sorrow; that everyone labored under some burden of …

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Growing Your Essay Up: Part 2, Breaking out of the 5-Paragraph Essay

And we're back to our short series about "maturing" our essays! Last week we talked about more sophisticated thesis statements; now, we're going to investigate structures. The task of essay writing is undoubtedly daunting for many; specifically, the challenge of synthesizing information, relating it back to the thesis, and providing appropriate support can be overwhelming. …

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Ask a Specialist (October): Breaking out of Writer’s Block

We had a great October meeting with our writing tutors! As we are starting to see longer papers and projects in the Writing Center, we thought we'd ask about writer's block this month. Here's our question: Have you ever had a bad case of writer’s block? How did you overcome this “malady” and finish your …

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Virtual Workshop: How to Write a Killer Introduction

The Writing Center is a hive of activity these days with all of our new tutors and all of their new appointments times in the WCOnline! But we're always looking for more ways to serve our students and so we're adding a new resource to our YouTube channel.  As our free workshop series kicks off tomorrow, September …

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Voicing the Words on the Page (Part II)

By Luke Coulter Recently, I wrote a blog post about embracing voice when it comes to writing essays. Today, I want to talk a little bit more about voice and how it can help both your writing and your life. Back in 2009, I was teaching English in Hanoi, Vietnam. I had very little teaching …

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Voicing the Words on the Page (Part I)

By Luke Coulter As a California native, I never saw the need for a phrase describing the weather phenomenon where it is raining and the sun is shining at the same time. When this happens in the Southern States of the USA, however, people will turn to whoever is near them and loudly proclaim that …

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