#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, since we've been talking about perceptions of the "right" way to do things and reality, it's time to talk about your inner critic.  Below are two pieces that might prove illuminating for you -- (here's a hint: the point of both is to be patient and learn to let go.) A video on …

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How I Write: Discovering Your Process

When I was an undergraduate, my roommate (and fellow English major) could only write in total silence while sitting in a certain chair in our apartment and sipping a specific type of steaming hot tea in her favorite mug.  When she was stuck, she'd stare out the window for a few minutes or take a …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, we thought we'd start the conversation about the perceptions of writers and writing with a humorous take.  Remember these memes from a few years ago? Well, we dove back into the recesses of the internet to find some classics about academia and writing...like this one: and this one: or these perceptions about specific …

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Writing for Business series #2: Writing the Cover Letter

By Vanessa Palencia Gone are the old days when you could just walk into a business and request an application or simply turn in a résumé. Now, a cover letter is often required (in addition to your résumé) to apply for a job. What is a cover letter? A cover letter is simply a more …

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Quick Tip #16: Rules are made to be broken

One of the first rules of learning English is that there are, well, rules to follow.  We learn our tenses, punctuation, sentence structure, and all those "correct" academic words to use in an organized, thoughtful (often 5 paragraph) essay. And it's good to learn these rules for they help us communicate in a way that …

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Appreciating Multilingual Writers

It's easy to be convinced that Google is the omniscient computer than can do anything. And, for the most part, the technology is pretty advanced. But have you ever used Google translate for English? We have. Here's what happens when you translate the Preamble of the Constitution into multiple languages: English: We the People of …

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Where do your ideas come from?

As someone who is often working on a writing project, I get asked this question: "Where the heck do all those ideas come from?" And while I could answer in an opaque, "artistic" way about the muses and the gifts of the creative spirits, there are some practical methods I've discovered over the years, first …

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Quick Tip #12: We’re all poets…and didn’t know it?

It's April...aka While there are many ways you can celebrate, why not try to write your own poetry? Remember that conversation we had about a daily writing practice? April might be just the inspiration you need. But how do you become a masterful poet when you don't think of yourself as an artist? A friend …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week's contribution comes from Writing Specialist Sheldon Hentschke: Calvin and Hobbes was always my favorite comic when I was a kid, and it still is now that I'm a slightly larger kid. Looking back on some of these comics, I think it would be...interesting, shall we say, to see Calvin at the Writing Center. I …

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Quick Tip #10: The art of the “hook”

Here's a question: would you rather read a biographical essay about Shakespeare that started like this: This paper will be about Shakespeare, a dramatist and poet who is very famous in England and around the world. He was baptized on April 26, 1564 in a small town called Stratford-upon-Avon. [...] or, like this? "To be …

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