Category: Academic Writing

2016 CDF: Warrior-Strong

Several years ago, one of the books or blogs I was reading about feminine identity discussed the use of military language in success and business literature. It identified the terms as appealing more to men, of being “masculine” in nature. It suggested that the use of words like “battle,” “strategy,” “weapons,” along with a focus […]


Writing is Intuitive

I read an article about the need for writers to trust their intuition a few weeks ago (read it for yourself here) and it got me thinking about the role of intuition in my writing process. I have always been an intuitive writer in my fiction projects, but not as much so in nonfiction. Or […]


What Do You Write On? (Or: The Joys of Journals!)

For many, many years, I wrote everything on lined, 3-hole punched notebook paper. After all, that is what teachers require, right? The REALLY picky ones ban all paper with messy, spiral-bound edges too! I wrote everything for work and school in blue or black ink because, again, that was required. But somewhere along the way, […]


My Foray Into Tech Writing

A few weeks ago, a generous client of mine, one for whom I have done some ghostwriting and copywriting, offered me a technical writing assignment. She is creating, generating, and revising hundreds of documents which are required for her company’s ISO certification. I agreed to try my hand at the technical writing and eagerly dug […]


Seth Godin: Those people”

Seth Godin: “Those people” Today, Seth Godin posted about a situation which I commonly face every day with a slight variation. He tells of a college administrator who has predetermined that her students are only capable of, and destined for, low-paying, manual work. Seriously! Read his account (and response) yourself using the link above.  I […]


Clues to Identifying Exposition Styles

Many styles of expository writing sound the same. Some even have the same, or overlapping, purposes. So how can you tell the difference between them? One of the easiest ways to differentiate the styles is to look for telltale transition words that are specific to a particular style. Check out the most easily identified transitions […]


Definitions of the Most Common Expository Writing Styles

Academic writing focuses on expository writing styles, meaning writing that explains, sets forth point-by-point, or informs. Although straight-forward narrative is sometimes used, more precise writing styles are sometimes preferred to meet specific purposes. Some of the most common expository styles are listed and detailed below for your reference. Illustration: writing that uses examples to support […]


What Makes Academic Writing Different?

One of the most common comments I hear from my college students is, “I’m not a very good writer; my grammar is really bad.” There are some variation on this, but that’s the general idea. Out of the gate, I have two problems with this statement. First, academic writing is about far more than just […]


What all will you find on this blog?

While the main focus of this blog is topics and issues related to academic writing, there is far more to life than school. I could no more write exclusively about academia than I could eat only vegetables – and I like vegetables! Variety is not only “the spice of life,” but critical to a well-rounded […]


Do You Trust Me?

By now, you’re probably wondering who I am and why I’m so critical of the college system that provides my primary income. It’s not wise to “bite the hand that feeds you,” right? Yeah. Well, I’ve never been especially good at following the rules or living by platitudes, wise as they might be. (So how’s […]


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