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5 Tips for Better Writing Habits

on February 3, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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Bad writing is everywhere, and it’s often not a lack of knowledge about the mechanics of writing that causes problems, but a flawed writing process. So, if you want to blow some mids (er, minds) with your writing, follow these tips to improve your writing habits.

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Write Clearly with the Right Words

on January 7, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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Editors and writers find some words particularly challenging, changing them over and over again to make language more precise.

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How to Write an A Paper

on December 26, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Essays
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While it’s true that A work is usually superior to the work of other students in the class, that’s not really the point. But A work isn’t just superior to B work; it’s superior to the assignment.

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Differences in a Paraphrase, Summary, and Précis

on November 30, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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Look up “paraphrase,” “summary,” and “précis” in the dictionary, and you’re going to find a lot of overlapping ideas, but the uses of these terms (especially in academic writing) have quite well-defined boundaries.

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US vs. UK English Grammar

on October 29, 2015 by Proofreading Pal 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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Run-on Sentence or Long Sentence?

on October 1, 2015 by Proofreading Pal 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 Proofreading Pal 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 Proofreading Pal 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 Proofreading Pal 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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How to Write without Clichés: Part 2

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

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How to Show Emphasis in Writing

on August 19, 2015 by Proofreading Pal 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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What Tense Should I Use in Writing?

on August 3, 2015 by Proofreading Pal 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 Proofreading Pal 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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ESL/EFL Guide to English Writing Pt 2

on July 16, 2015 by Proofreading Pal 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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4 Tips for the Best Resume Format

on June 15, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Resumes
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You’ve worked hard on your content; now make sure your recruiter can find it.

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