Writing & Editing Tips

Editing and Writing

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ESL Writing. Transition Words – Or Not

ESL writers! Are you worried about transition words? There are other ways to move between ideas in your writing. Find out what they are!

ESL Academic Writing. Academic Words That Can Never Be Plural

ESL writers—congratulations for learning English as a second language! This is a very hard language for non-native speakers to learn, so after all your hard work and progress—well done! But you’ve still probably noticed that even when you understand basic English grammar, most rules seem to have exceptions, so the language just keeps being difficult.…
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Fun with Word History: Hosts, Guests, and Hostility

Whether you’re a host or a guest, just be hospitable, and nobody will get hostile.

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Dragging Action in Fiction. “Verbing” a Noun

Make these small changes to your action sentences and be surprised how vivid they become!

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Dragging Action in Fiction. Don’t be Passive!

Passive verbs can slow things down, so use active verbs whenever it’s possible and fits well into the story.

Dragging Action in Fiction. “To Be” Verbs – or Maybe Not

We’ll look at things that can slow down your story when you write fiction, and we’ll try to help you produce more lively writing.

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Tips if You HAVE to Edit Your Own Work

If you absolutely must edit your own document, take steps to avoid pitfalls and produce acceptable work.

Edit Your Own Writing: Yes or No?

It’s that new gaze, unfamiliar with the material, that will find issues and help you put the final polish on