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When Do I Cite in APA?

on October 29, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in APA
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APA insists that you never leave it unclear just what is your opinion and what comes from someone else. If you didn’t think it up, cite it every single time.

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US vs. UK English Grammar

on October 29, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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A few key grammatical and spelling differences between US and UK English to remember when writing in one dialect or the other. You’ll want to keep these differences in mind and make sure your editor knows about them as well.

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Fanfic Fairness 101

on October 29, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction
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So how do you protect yourself and still share your work? It all comes down to common sense. Even if the fandom you’re working in is generally in the public domain, certain characters and situations may still be under copyright and therefore not available for your free use.

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Run-on Sentence or Long Sentence?

on October 1, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Sentences can have a lot of other things, like objects and indirect objects and dependent phrases, and so on. But when talking about run-ons, the important things are subjects and verbs.

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How and When to Write Complaint Letters

on September 26, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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If you have been subjected to a genuine injustice that needs to be corrected, such as illegal, unethical, or reckless action by the company, then you deserve to be heard.

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What Is Passive Voice and How Do I Use It?

on September 25, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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In general, the active voice is much clearer, more concise, and direct: all qualities of effective writing. Use the passive voice only if you need to.

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Should I Use First, Second, or Third Person?

on September 3, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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It’s pretty easy to avoid second person in formal writing, so the main source of confusion comes from whether to use first or third person.

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What Is Fair Use?

on September 3, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction
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We’ve all had it drilled into our heads that we have to cite and reference everything in academic papers to avoid plagiarism. But fiction is different, isn’t it?

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How to Write without Clichés: Part 2

on August 22, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Clichés serve many purposes. Unfortunately, they’re all bad.

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Master Resume: Activate Your Interviews

on August 22, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes
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These little moments are “activators” and can be made of simple, conversational phrases that put the subject within the reader’s reach—phrases like, “You can too,” and, “Here’s how.”

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How to Show Emphasis in Writing

on August 19, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Here are some subtle ways we can add to our meaning by emphasizing words, expressions, and phrases and suggestions for how to use them most effectively.

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Traditional and New Resume Formats

on August 3, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Resumes
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Different resume formats emphasize different aspects of your skills, experience, and even personality.

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What Tense Should I Use in Writing?

on August 3, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing
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People are right to be confused because what tense you should use varies widely depending on your writing style and your purpose.

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How to Write without Clichés: Part 1

on July 23, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing
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Don’t try to memorize some list of clichés. There are thousands of them. But also don’t worry that every single phrase you write has to be completely original.

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Pitching Articles

on July 16, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing
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How well you can make a living depends on how well you can stand out from the article-writing pack and pitch your skills.

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ESL/EFL Guide to English Writing Pt 2

on July 16, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools
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Three common challenges non-native speakers encounter when writing in English and offer some suggestions for dealing with them.

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Fiction Writing and Changing Narrators

on July 3, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction
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When we write, we act as God in the universes of our stories: creating and destroying our characters at will, judging and accepting, choosing cruelty and mercy. It’s quite the ego trip, really.

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ESL/EFL Guide to English Essay Writing

on July 1, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Essays
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Expressing yourself effectively in writing is a challenge for most people, but for non-native speakers of English, the task can be muc

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Simple Secret to Writing a Great Story

on June 30, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction
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When you sit down to write and wonder where to begin, remember that many writers have asked themselves this question, and their answers all boil down to the simple elegance of: “A person in a place has a problem.”

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Pitching Manuscripts

on June 19, 2015 by admin in Books and Manuscripts
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A pitch package is a way of premarketing your book. Depending on whether you’re pitching a fiction manuscript or a nonfiction project, the package might take different forms.

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