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  • Tips for Planning Your Essay Calendars Welcome to the new semester, and for those of you new to APU, welcome to our community and to your new program! We at the Writing Center share your eagerness for a career that integrates your faith and personal calling. Thus, I am excited to help prepare you for your new topics, new projects, and new assignments.Students often ask us about how to become better academic writers. While, of course, we have many suggestions that can help in this process, the most central one is: take your writing seriously. Taking your writing seriously means also taking your abilities seriously. Yes, of course you have weaknesses. What writer doesn't? You have abilities, too, though. Instead of doubting your ability ...
    Posted Aug 31, 2015, 3:43 PM by Daniel Roberts
  • Editing Tip #2 Guidelines on Improving Clarity in Drafted Lists The quest to add clarity through the details in a text can often result in our writing a large number of lists that end up cluttering our drafts. Our immediate instinct is to directly equate a greater number of examples with greater clarity. This is not always the final result, however, and we should carefully limit our list usage to those items which, by showing multiple examples, truly add to the reader's comprehension. The purpose of this particular blog entry is not to explore the factors that make the inclusion of a list more appropriate, but rather to explore one method of reducing a sense of over-listing: Most lists should be broken into pieces and formed into multiple ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2015, 10:21 AM by Daniel Roberts
  • Editing Tip #1: Cut the Expletives Concise writing comes predominantly from organized drafting and revision (guided by the use of outlines) and from effective editing. For the first of the editing tips to be shared in this blog, one tool for cutting weak text will be discussed: removing expletive constructs. The term expletive derives from the Latin for ''to fill up.'' This is precisely why expletives are a problem in concise writing; “filler material” is antithetical to brevity. Hopefully, we all know already not to use the curse words that sometimes “fill up” a sentence and that are also referred to as expletives. However, few know of us about another commonly used expletive construct. This construct is a combination of a pronoun and a conjugation of ...
    Posted Aug 6, 2015, 3:11 PM by Daniel Roberts
  • Useful Keyboard Shortucts for Academic Writing Some of the older people reading this blog may remember the cards we used to lay on our keyboards that showed the commands we could use in a particular computer program. By holding shift, alt, or control, we could use the function keys to perform a wide range of tasks with a few keystrokes. Since the introduction of menus to contain these commands and the growth of the mouse as an input device, most of us have shifted away from using the keyboard shortcuts. However, every major function is still assigned a keyboard shortcut, so knowing a few of them can be very useful. Some of these shortcuts are the same in almost all programs, so learning the shortcuts for ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 9:45 AM by Daniel Roberts
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