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Your readers judge you by your writing and the way you string words together. Expert writers are invaluable. They follow certain rules when they write. Following grammar rules is a matter of deciding which type of grammar to use. You could hear the groan already: Which type of grammar? Different types of grammar exist. This post deals with descriptive and functional grammar only. Don’t despair. These two are very helpful in improving your writing.

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Having a hard time to revise and edit your doctoral dissertation? You are not alone. Almost 9 out of 10 students spend more time on editing their dissertation than they do writing the original copy. The primary reasons are you are submitting the work that is not meeting the standards set by your university for approval. It’s quite unfortunate because instead of actually enjoying the dissertation experience, you spend valuable time struggling with things that could be easily accomplished—with a little help.

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What do writers think of an editor? A grim reaper? An adversary? A challenger? Writers call them with different names, but no one can describe an editor concisely. This post is for all those students, professors, copy editors, businesspersons, and writers dogged by fear or confusion over why they do need an editor.

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Imagine what Chaucer and Shakespeare would think of hip-hop lyrics and Tweets. Until the arrival of the Internet, change in English language was continuous, but very slow. (Picture this. If English wasn’t a dynamic language, we’d all be writing in Chaucerian and Shakespearean way.) But anyway, having the ability to write instantly not only leads to the rapid uptake of new words that explain and accompany each new technology, but also gives us the Internet to become a self-published writer. That’s where the real problem starts!

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I have worked with hundreds of writers throughout my entire life. Most of the writers I found were struggling with an inner conflict about their writing potential: “I’m not a good writer.” For example, one friend couldn’t bring herself to write. As I explored her reasons for holding herself back, it became obvious that, in her family, no one was allowed to outshine her father. Her father had spent years trying to become a good writer, but to no avail. This, of course, left my friend stewing in a sticky situation of guilt and procrastination.

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A writing checklist is similar to a rubric with similar content. Use this writing checklist to see how many of the ideas you can use in your writing. It isn’t necessary to incorporate all to have a successful paper. In fact, to include them all in one draft might not lead to a good piece.

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Traditional text has appealed to only one of those learning styles—the visual learner. However, computers make it possible to integrate text and visuals, thus helping holistic learners process information more effectively. This post comes in handy to guide you to write a reader-friendly document with a thoughtful visual layout:

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When you have many words to work with, you can be lazier. You can beat around the bush, decorating your words with popcorn strings and colorful lights and butterfly wings—all manner of ornamentation. What’s an extra word here when you’ve got hundreds of thousands to work with, right? Every single word counts when you have a limited word count to work with.

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Writing in a conversational tone is like something of an illusion. You don’t really write the way you converse (talk), and you shouldn’t. But you can echo natural speech in various ways to more effectively engage your audience.

Rhythm drives writing and promotes a conversational feeling. Sentence variety engages readers while complex ones kill interest.

Here’s a how-to list for you to write in a conversational tone:

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