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Grammar Chaos: The Pitfalls of Parallel Structures

Feb 08, 2017

Good writers have the following habits: reading often, having their work critiqued, and edits their work before sending. Something sounds off with the sentence, doesn’t it? Parallel structure, or parallelism, is often overlooked by writers. Parallelism connects two or more ideas, words, or concepts, making the reader understand the logical relationship between them. There are writers who fail to take parallelism into account for their writing to have “variety.” Parallelism is not only a matter of rhythm but a matter of grammar. When parallelism becomes faulty, it can cause confusion. Take for example a famous saying. What if John F. Kennedy had said, “Ask not what your country......

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Writing Hacks: Know What Type of Story You’re Writing

Feb 07, 2017

Many writers often commit the error of not knowing how long their story is going to run. They create elaborate plans for long, drawn-out stories that span multiple volumes, when in fact, the story is better told in a shorter version. Fiction manuscripts come in many other forms. Other than novels, there are also short stories, novellas, novelettes, and flash fiction. These manuscript formats differ in terms of length and in some technical aspects. Knowing these formats will help you plan your story appropriately and will help you when the time comes that you need to look for a publisher. Microfiction (40,000) Novels are the most popular type of fiction. It involves many characte......

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Far from Out of the Woods

Feb 04, 2017

‘Out of the woods’ is an expression referring to the fact that woods are dangerous places to be. In Hansel and Gretel, two siblings enter the woods and are menaced by an elderly cannibal. In Little Red Riding Hood, a wolf enters the woods and is menaced by a rude little girl. In Walden, a poet enters the woods and is menaced by revelations that we should abandon civilization and live by a pond. It is for that reason that ‘out of the woods’ has come to mean "a return to safety, away from menace and disturbing revelations”.—Lemony Snicket Following an unpleasant ride on a truck bed, the orphans arrive at the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill, which they saw in the photo of their parents and......

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Haruki Murakami: A Magical Realist for the 21st Century

Feb 02, 2017

If there’s one thing unique about the reading experience, it’s its ability to take us to various places without us having to leave our homes. With only words, writers are able to stop and fast-forward time. They are able to create new worlds or to write about the impossible as if it’s something we have always been living with. They are able to push reality beyond its limits while still keeping us grounded here on earth. Haruki Murakami is one such author with the capability of bending reality while keeping his stories distinctly human. His writing often overlaps the genes of science fiction and magical realism, coupled with drama. Growing up in Japan, Murakami often read Weste......

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Grammar Chaos: The Perils of Typo

Feb 01, 2017

In October 2010, Sarah Pompei meant to tweet in support of Meg Whitman for California governor. She sent out the tweet reading, “SD Cnty Sheriff Assoc says @Whitman2010 4 gov! RT: @Murphy4MegNews: CA Cops get it: Jerry Brown is too soft on crime” Nothing seems wrong, right? Except instead of the link leading to a video proving this show of support, it went to something else entirely: a Japanese band singing in tutus. The tweet had already reached thousands of people, and in the midst of all the confusion, Pompei could only offer one word in reply: “Oopsie.” Typos, short for typographical errors, are mistakes made during the typing process that are published.......

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Proofreading Service Provider 1-Hour Proofreading Rolls Out New Updates for 2017

Jan 30, 2017

1-Hour Proofreading opens 2017 with updated website, improved paying system. 1-Hour Proofreading closed the year 2016 strong with satisfied customers, overflowing referrals, and a successful promo. This year, it plans to further solidify its place as the fastest and most efficient proofreading service available online. To kick off the year, 1-Hour Proofreading rolled out several major updates on its website. These updates aim to make the user experience of the website, and the service itself, more efficient. 1-Hour Proofreading founder and marketing director, Dhea Olesen, revealed all the updates launched on January 24, 2017. Starting this year, 1-Hour Proofreading will start usin......

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Captain, The Aunt and The Window

Jan 28, 2017

It’s a curious thing, the death of a loved one. It’s like climbing the stairs to your room in the dark, thinking that there’s one more stair than there is, then your foot falls in the air, and there is a sickening feeling of surprise.—Aunt Josephine In the series’s fifth and sixth episodes, the Baudelaires attempt to find a qualified adult to take care of them for the third time. Following their uncle Monty’s death, the siblings are sent off to their aunt Josephine, who lives close to a lake. The Baudelaires are told that their aunt is quite formidable, which they question upon meeting her. Aunt Josephine is shown to be extremely paranoid, who has a worst-case scenario for ever......

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Anne Rice: Queen of the Vampires

Jan 26, 2017

Anne Rice is the author of the widely popular Vampire Chronicles series, a saga that narrates the life of a vampire named Lestat. Anne’s works revolve around gothic fiction and Christian literature. Ironic, yes, but Anne has dealt with irony most of her life. Anne was born in New Orleans and spent most of her childhood there. Unfortunately, her parents were alcoholics, so she was practically raised by her maternal grandmother, Alice “Mamma Allen” Allen. She grew up in what she called a “Catholic ghetto” neighborhood and was raised Catholic. She even went to the same Catholic school that her father went to. Another interesting thing about Anne Rice is that her real name is Howard......

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