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5 Reasons Assembly Instructions Fall Apart

on March 31, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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If you find yourself in the unlucky position of writing a manual or set of instructions for how to assemble something from a bunch of other things, the following should help you understand and overcome your challenges in telling people what to do step by step.

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The Writer’s Bookshelf

on March 28, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools
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However and wherever you find them, the right books can help improve your writing and make your home office a happier, more productive place.

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Write an Effective Blog Post

on March 26, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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No matter your motivation for blogging, you’ll want to make sure each post is high quality to keep your readers coming back. In today’s post, I’ll describe tips to make your blog more effective.

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5 Tips for Choosing a Paper Topic

on March 2, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Essays
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Writing is never easy; even professional writers and academics, people who have chosen careers with hefty writing requirements, can struggle mightily to get it done.

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Hearing the Music: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Writing (Again)

on February 27, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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There’s no rule saying that academic articles can’t be written in muscular prose, no law that business writing can’t have a sense of forward momentum and the occasional memorable line.

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Top 10 Changes in APA’s 7th Edition

on February 24, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools
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Here are the top ten changes to the APA manual, selected because these are the issues professional editors are probably going to encounter most often.

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Poetry Tools to Enhance Your Prose: Still More Figures of Speech (Anaphora, Merism, Antonomasia)

on February 4, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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The kinds of figurative language described in this installment are not appropriate for most academic writing, where panache must occasionally be sacrificed for the sake of clarity. For less rigorous types of informational writing, such as business communications or informal reports, they represent ways to add color and spice to your message.

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How to Make Your Writing More Inclusive

on January 20, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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You should shun discriminatory language as you should shun discrimination; doing so also allows your message to reach the broadest audience and lends credibility to your words.

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Really Tricky Apostrophe Rules

on January 9, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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In this post we cover the apostrophe rules that are, for lack of a better word, downright wacky. If you’re going to be an expert, you’ll have to memorize these individually.

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Poetry Tools to Enhance Your Prose: Analogy, Part 2 (Metonymy and Synecdoche)

on January 2, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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This time, let’s go way out there and look at a pair of related poetic devices that seem, at first glance, hopelessly roundabout and exotic: metonymy and synecdoche.

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Tips for Using Singular “They”

on January 1, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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As an editor, I am naturally sensitive to language matters, and I took this criticism seriously. I’ve made an effort to modernize my pronoun usage, and in today’s blog I’ll provide tips to avoid gender bias in your pronoun use.

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Apostrophes with Singular and Plural Nouns

on December 30, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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Lets get into the complexities of apostrophes when dealing with singular and plural nouns.

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Special Post: ProofreadingPal’s 2019 Holiday Hours

on December 19, 2019 by admin in News
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Poetry Tools to Enhance Your Prose: Analogy, Part 1 (Simile and Metaphor)

on December 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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The guidebooks’ prohibition on colorful language is really just a plea for clarity. Used sparingly, in commonly understood expressions or for illustrative purposes, simile and metaphor can make your prose more understandable and memorable.

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What to Do When You Can’t Use Emojis

on December 3, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing
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This time, let’s deal with the fact that emojis are still not OK in professional and some types of personal communication and consider some good alternatives.

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Conditional Verbs in Research Writing

on November 29, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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In research writing, the difference between hypothetical and factual statements is critical; your choice of verb helps make the distinction. In today’s post, I’ll provide a review of the forms and use of modal auxiliary verbs and conditional statements and some basic tips to help you use them effectively in research writing.

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Why We Need Emojis

on November 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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Even though the older generations love to dump on them and elites love to complain about them, emojis are a useful, necessary advancement in modern language.

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AP Style Quick Guide

on October 31, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized
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In today’s post I’ll discuss some AP basics and differences from other style guides you’ll need to know to use this style effectively.

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Poetry Tools to Enhance Your Prose: Varieties of Rhyme

on October 24, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Rhyme can be understated, and it comes in more flavors than you might think. Repeated sounds are the key to crafting phrases that are catchy without seeming contrived. Let’s explore.

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One or Two: The Case Remains the Same

on October 1, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Adding in a second (or third or eighth) subject or object or modifier doesn’t change the case of the subject or object.

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