5 Tips for Choosing a Paper Topic

March 2, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Essays

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)

February 27, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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

February 24, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

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)

February 4, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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

January 20, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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

January 9, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

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)

January 2, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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”

January 1, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

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

December 30, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

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

December 19, 2019 by admin in News

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Poetry Tools to Enhance Your Prose: Analogy, Part 1 (Simile and Metaphor)

December 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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

December 3, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing

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

November 29, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

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

November 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

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

October 31, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized, Writing Guides

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

October 24, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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

October 1, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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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Poetry Tools to Enhance Your Prose: Rhythm

September 25, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

The glorious and intimidating thing about the English language is its bounty of options. Whatever we want to say, there are multiple ways to say it. It is our choices that render our language straightforward or confusing, memorable or boring, elegant or awkward.

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URLS & DOIs in Reference Lists: APA, MLA, and Chicago

September 23, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Dissertations

In today’s post, I’ll provide examples of reference listings including DOIs and URLs in APA, MLA, and the Chicago Manual of Style. I’ll point out some differences among these styles, and I’ll provide some information about what to do with electronic sources found using a database.

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Tricky Issues in Plagiarism: Part 2

September 6, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing

This time in our plagiarism avoidance master class, we’ll discuss some even murkier areas dealing with the difference between copyright violations and plagiarism and how to refer to common sources.

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