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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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Poetry Tools to Enhance Your Prose: Meter

August 28, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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

June 27, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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

June 18, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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

June 3, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized, Writing Guides

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?

May 6, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized, Writing Guides

Use Caution with Idioms

April 29, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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

April 2, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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

March 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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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CSE Referencing Style

February 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

The physical sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, genetics, biological sciences, astronomy) often rely on CSE referencing, a style created and updated by the Council of Scientific Editors.

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The Vocative Comma Is Important, People!

December 6, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

The whole point of grammar is that the audience shouldn’t have to guess at what you’re trying to say. Missing vocative commas deeply change the meaning of their sentences,

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Italics and Quotes for Titles: A Guide

December 3, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Titles come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have rules for formatting that you master with just a little work. Italics, quotes, even plain text: they all apply in certain situations. How do you know which is which?

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Words You Use but Don’t Know

October 31, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Conversation is often more about phrases than words, to the point where we often use the phrases without thinking about the individual words at all.

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10 Quick Tips for Using Adverbs

October 1, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Adverbs are modifiers used specifically to explain, describe, and define the way actions occur. They’re very simple things, which obviously means that using them can get complicated. Following these ten tips should help.

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Italics: The Dos and Don’ts

August 14, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

I spend a lot of my editing hours at ProofreadingPal dealing with wayward italics, so let’s talk about times when they are used properly and when they aren’t.

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Quick Guide to Colons and Semicolons

August 6, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Let's talk about two marks that set off complementary information, phrases and clauses without which a sentence is incomplete: the colon and the semicolon.

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3 Steps to Good Description

July 30, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

Two schools of thought have helped define the English lit attitude toward writing description since the Modern Period. To oversimplify, we can use Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald as touchstones.

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Guidelines for Quoting and Paraphrasing Part II

July 24, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

In today’s post, I’ll look at three potentially problematic issues related to quoting and paraphrasing and give tips to be successful with each.

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