#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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Meme of the Week #31: The 13 Moments of the Writing Process

Normally we share our Meme of the Week posts on Friday afternoons, but with just a little over a month left of school, we're starting to head into crunch time and time becomes relative. This part of the year is when we're frantically finishing up all those midterm exams and papers and starting to think …

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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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Check Yourself before you Grammarly Yourself

In our age of technology, it's about time for a mainstream grammar checker to enter our academic knowledge. Grammarly, an extension you can use to essentially "proofread" your paper, is one such player in this field. As tutors, our preference will always be for human interaction when it comes to grammatical concepts. Every document is …

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Grammar Elitism: To Correct or Not to Correct

If you're a stickler for grammar, chances are you've been frustrated by the various (and often pervasive) mistakes you'll see daily, especially on the internet. When scrolling through a slew of Facebook statuses, finding an error is as easy as finding a hungry seagull on the beach. The temptation to correct someone's error is often …

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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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The Fix-It Police: Hairspray Hullabaloo

Welcome to our new series, “The Fix-It Police”! How often do you see grammar mistakes in everyday life? Contrary to popular belief, just because something is printed or electronically published does not mean it’s exempt from grammatical flaws. In this series, we aim to identify issues we see day-to-day and politely correct them. Recently, I …

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Ask the Specialists (February): Changing Your Writing Process

We're back and open for business! Last Friday, we had our meeting to prepare for today's opening festivities and our tutors answered the following questions: What do you wish you could change about your own writing or writing process? What's the most common error(s) you find in your own papers? Are you able to train …

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Quick Tip #20: Don’t let Autocorrect become an Autofail!

Does this issue ever happen to you when you're emailing, texting, or generally typing on an Apple product? As I noted in this re-created conversation, it's dangerous to rely too heavily on autocorrect. After all, there's a big difference between a viola... and the exclamation "Voila!" So, how can you make sure these pesky autocorrect …

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Apostrophes’, Apostrophe’s, Apostropheses! (Your Holiday Grammar Explained)

Thanksgiving is over and we all know what that means: 'tis the season for writing holiday cards - and reviewing rules for proper apostrophe usage! Remember: Apostrophes are like garlic; some things taste awesome with garlic, but some things need to stay miles away from garlic. Unlike garlic, though, apostrophes can't just be sprinkled onto anything we …

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