Formatting versus Content: The Influence of Specific Formatting Requirements our Writing

By Gabby Tetreault We’ve all been there. A professor assigns a paper, and along with the assignment comes a page-long list of formatting requirements that the paper must meet. The criteria are so specific that we wonder how we’ll be able to get our point across amidst the myriad of rules concerning word choice, sentence … Continue reading Formatting versus Content: The Influence of Specific Formatting Requirements our Writing

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Breaking the “Writing Rules”

As a Writing Center tutor, I see a lot of writing habits that make cringe. But don’t worry, if you work with me, it is not you making me distraught. No, the issues stem from writing “rules” ingrained in students’ minds from countless high school teachers. Therefore, you may be confused— Did I learn the … Continue reading Breaking the “Writing Rules”

The Curse of Writer’s Block

Answer me honestly.  Is there anything more annoying (and downright infuriating) than a dreaded case of writer’s block?  Your brain futilely scavenges its deepest crevasses, searching for something—anything—to put on the paper.  Your fingers lie restlessly above the keyboard, waiting for an impulse.  Your eyes stare into some foreign universe 1000 miles beyond your computer … Continue reading The Curse of Writer’s Block