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Creative Writing: Not That Different from Academic Writing?

Creative Writing: Not That Different from Academic Writing?

Think creative writing is all that different from writing a research paper in class? You might be surprised! Read on as New Milford, NJ tutor Matthew H. explains...   Creative writing tips seem to be counterintuitive; how can someone tell someone else how to be creative? The truth is that the secret to writing any good creative literature is not really that different from what you need for a really great academic paper: strong structure. I tutor many students for the SAT and GR … Read More

Creative Writing: Not That Different from Academic Writing?
Think creative writing is all that different from writing a research paper in class? You might be surprised! Read on as New Milford, NJ tutor Matthew H. explains...   Creative writing tips seem to be counterintuitive; how can someone tell someone else how to be creative? The truth is that the secret to writing any good creative literature is not really that different from what you need for a really great academic paper: strong structure. I tutor many students for the SAT and GR
Tips for Writing: Why Writing Tutors Aren’t Just for Kids
Think tutors are just for kids? From professional emails to cover letters, learning how to write well will carry you far through life - so if you're not confident in your skills, it may be worth looking into. Check out these tips for writing from Evanston, IL and online tutor Rachel M.:   As a college student with three years of private tutoring under my belt, I can speak from experience when I say that writing isn’t what it used to be. Students learn how to type using an iPad and
4 Creative Writing Exercises to Improve Your Prose
Staring down a blank page? Getting your creativity flowing is often the most difficult part of the entire writing process. It can be so daunting for some would-be writers that they give up entirely! So what can you do to avoid that spiral of creative mishaps? Try out one of the following tried-and-true creative writing exercises - you might be surprised how much they can help! Use a Writing Prompt Many times, the problem for writers is thinking up a topic to focus on. You may know what type
5 Writing Styles to Hook Your Reader
Successful writers know that a well-constructed story will grab the reader's attention from the very beginning. A strong beginning will hook readers and entice them to keep reading. There are a variety of writing styles that can be used to create an effective hook, and understanding which one of these writing styles best matches your unique voice is an important part of developing your craft. Some of our favorite ways to begin a story include: Asking a question:  The first line of the iconic c
4 Reasons Why Good Writers Succeed at Work
The global workplace has made communicators of us all. Irrespective of field, job level, experience, or knowing everything there is to know about getting your job done, having only specialized knowledge will not take you very far in the long run – you need to be a competent professional communicator too. While corporate communication consists of verbal, listening, and written skills, the latter tops the list as rudimentary for most jobs. Good grammar and writing skills are more than just an ass

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