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Implicit Racism in Writing

on July 1, 2020 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Implicit racism is woven into the fabric of American society. It plays a part in everything, including writing. Writers may try to be inclusive and unbiased, but it can be hard to weed out bias without taking time to deeply examine language’s and culture’s meanings, bias, and oneself.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Poetry Tools to Enhance Your Prose: Rhythm

on September 25, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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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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Poetry Tools to Enhance Your Prose: Meter

on August 28, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Poetry is simply a way of thinking about language, a theory that words can be arranged for beauty as well as for meaning. There is no reason why even modest explanatory prose cannot be a pleasure to read. And it is beauty that gives prose its pleasure, distinguishing memorable writing from that which is merely functional.

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When Writing Rules Conflict

on June 27, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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You can write a passage of ornate prose, passive voice willy-nilly, telling without showing, and as long as the meaning is clear, it’s good writing, at least, for everyday purposes.

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Christian Publishing Standards: Part 2

on June 18, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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In this blog, we’ll dig deeper into matters of formatting in Christian publishing, paying particular attention to the complicated issue of capitalization.

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Christian Publishing Standards: Part 1

on June 3, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized
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If you’re looking to get your Christian writing published professionally, though, it’s not enough to be an excellent writer moved by the Holy Spirit; you’ll also need to demonstrate that you can stick to professional publishing guidelines and standards.

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What Is IMRaD Format?

on May 6, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized
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Use Caution with Idioms

on April 29, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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even when used properly, figures of speech and idioms, what we might generally call “poetic language,” can be inappropriate for academic writing.

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Tips for Effective Use of Quotes

on April 2, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Quotes from outside sources are useful and necessary in research papers. If your paper includes a literature review in which you discuss your field’s relevant literature, you will use quotes to add clarity and precision to your summary and analysis.

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The Modern Writing Muse

on March 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Today, seeing as artists come in all manner of genders, and not many of us are Greco-Roman pagans, we can replace “female” with “Other” and “goddess” with “free agent” and see the Muse as very much alive and well in an artist’s life.

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