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Writing Tip Thursday: Handy Dandy Organizer

16 May

Check out this fantastic essay organizer I came across today. Use it for your next essay & let us know how it helped.



New Printable: Writing an Introduction & a Conclusion

17 Jan

Hot off the presses – a new printable. If you’re having trouble writing an introduction and/or conclusion, check out these formulas.

Pando Package

Some New Goodies

8 Jan

new stuff

I’ve been working, when time permits, on creating a library of printables for the Writing Center. And now, I’ve finally figured out an easy way to share them electronically – yay! You can find them by clicking Printables (upper right beneath the title of the blog) or by scrolling down (right hand column, directly underneath Recent Posts). You can also find hard copies at the Writing Center (white binder behind our table).

So far, there are only a handful but I aim to have many, many more by the end of the year. If you need help with breaking down your assignment, writing an abstract, crafting a hook, or creating transition, then check out one of the Writing Center printables.

Is there an issue you’d like us to address? Leave a comment & I’ll create an info sheet ASAP.

Roughing It

16 Oct

You’ve done the pre-writing and are now ready to write your rough draft. You sit down with pen & paper or in front of a computer and you wait…for inspiration, for that first perfect sentence, for something to emerge.

Starting a rough draft can be intimidating, especially if you procrastinated and don’t really have time for a rough draft – don’t do this next time & you too can avoid this freak-out. The first hurdle is to silence your inner editor.

“If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.”

You want to silence your inner editor for now, not forever. You’re going to need this helper for your next draft(s). But, for the rough draft, ignore that voice that’s asking you “Are you sure that makes sense? or” “Is that spelled right?” or anything that will halt you.

Try these steps to get the words on the page (that’s the main goal here):

1) Open that new file or pull out that blank piece of paper. Write down one of your sub-topics (if you’ve done some pre-writing, you should have several to choose from) at the top of the page.

2) Set a timer for 15 minutes.

3) WRITE! Just write and don’t stop at all. Think about this sub-topic and write every single idea that comes to mind even if you end up going off on tangents. Let it go there.

4) Rinse and repeat steps 1-3 for your remaining sub-topics. The standard essay you all write typically has 3-5 body paragraphs so at the most you’ll be doing the free-writing thing for 75 minutes. Not so bad, eh?

5) Take a break. But you don’t want it to be too long. Say 3 minutes for every sub-topic.

Next post will be about starting the revising process and writing the introduction & the conclusion.

Totally Transitional

11 Jan

Having trouble with transitioning from one paragraph to the next?

Click this way!

For further help, contact us at the Writing Center – or leave a comment here.

Absolutely Abstract

7 Dec

Need some guidance on navigating your way through the world of abstracts?

Click this way!

For further help, contact us at the Writing Center – or leave a comment here.

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