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
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”
We’ve been a little delinquent in posting new material, so I thought I’d get this semester kicked off with a short rumination on why doing some writing away from the keyboard might actually be beneficial, even in this age of digital production. I write professionally. I’m an academic and a playwright. I know a lot … Continue reading Is Writing by Hand Obsolete?
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
Last year, I interviewed a Bentley junior and asked her what it was about a business school that made her so interested in attending one. She, of course, mentioned the great after-graduation career opportunities, but—more importantly—she also stated: "Plus, I hate writing. I wanted to go to a school that had me do as little … Continue reading The Writing Illness
Considering I am a writing tutor myself, I am ashamed to admit that grammar often perplexes me. That is not to say that I write with poor grammar, but rather that the rules and accepted conventions are not something I am always aware of. The basics are fine. A period ends a sentence, a semicolon … Continue reading Read it Loud, Read it Proud
Do you ever feel constrained by academic writing? I do. Sometimes I get caught up in obeying every grammar rule, making every paragraph transition effectively, and structuring my thoughts in a way that produces a coherent paper. Not to mention, most of the writing we do as college students comes with guidelines, deadlines, and the … Continue reading Free Your Writing