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Grammar Police Announcement: The Differences between Pronounce and Announce

Mar 06, 2019

Nothing can botch a big announcement like an unsuspecting, misused word. This is especially true in the case of announce and pronounce, two big words that denote declarative actions. They’re often used to precede statements of import, which require ethos to be effective, so it’s vital that these words are used properly to avoid any deductions on credibility. We’ll walk you through their definitions and the situations where these words should be used. This confusion surrounding them arises from having a similar etymology: both pronounce and announce derive their definitions from the Latin root nuntiare, which means “to report.” Both words have several meanings and can be used trans......

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Proofread Your Way to Blogging Success

Mar 05, 2019

Blogging seems like an easy-enough job—just pound away on your keyboard about a subject you’re deeply passionate about and then send it out to the world (wide web) and watch as the clicks pour in. But your blog can’t be a viral success if people only like what you write about. They also have to like how you write it. Your topics—whether they are complex fan theories about Game of Thrones or the struggles and adventures of your life as an exchange student in a foreign country—are the catnip that draws like-minded people to your blog. But these people won’t come back if your otherwise interesting content is laden with distracting grammatical mistakes. You can have the most amazin......

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Roald Dahl Animated Series on Netflix

Mar 04, 2019

Streaming giant Netflix recently announced plans for their 2019 production lineup and releases. This includes a new animated event series based on several books by renowned British author Roald Dahl. “There will be threads that connect all of them. We want to do the animation in the style of Dahl,” Melissa Cobb, Netflix’s VP for kids and family content, said in an interview with Variety. She also mentioned a potential for the stories to overlap. Netflix aims to create a universe in which Dahl’s characters live as opposed to straight adaptations of his stories. The show will be produced together with the Roald Dahl Story Company, with the go signal from the author’s family. Titles......

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Closing the Query: Shudder vs. Shutter

Feb 27, 2019

You’re working on a horror piece. You’re setting the suspense up. You write, “The man moved around the house, his shadow moving like snakes behind the shudders.” You pause—was it shudder or shutter? They sound so alike that it’s easy to confuse them with each other. But we’re here to tell you that they’re not in any way interchangeable. Using one in place of the other can be an instant mood killer—not to mention confusing. It’s time to shine a light on shutter and shudder. Apart from having similar spellings, both shudder and shutter can be a verb and a noun, although one might find that the former is more often used as a verb whereas the latter is usually used as a noun. Note tha......

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Do the Writing: How to Start Writing Fiction and How to Get It Done

Feb 26, 2019

Bursts of motivation are the muse of a creative writer. One minute, you’re on fire as you write several chapters in mere hours. Then suddenly, the engines start to sputter, ultimately coming to a screeching halt. That’s when we ask ourselves, “Now what?” Sometimes, motivation isn’t enough. If we’re actually going to finish a story, we need motivation and discipline. Throw in lots of creativity and self-assurance too! We’ve got some new rules for you to follow if you want to get that novel of yours started. Let’s count ’em! Name your novel Take your novel seriously and start putting it on paper. One of the first things you can do to pin down your work is giving it a name. Names......

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Showtime Resurrects Penny Dreadful for Sequel Series

Feb 25, 2019

Two years following its surprising series finale, Penny Dreadful will be returning to Showtime for a limited revival series. The announcement was made on November 1 via Penny Dreadful’s Twitter account, a poster, and the caption “Sometimes what’s dead doesn’t always remain.” Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will be set in New York in 1938, “a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension.” The conflict of the new series will be between Santa Muerte and the devil and their alliances. The series will feature all-new characters. Penny Dreadful earned a cult following back in its release in 2014, famous for its horror-drama coupled with iconic mons......

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Grammar Chaos: The D(eal) with Adverse and Averse

Feb 20, 2019

What makes someone adverse or averse to others? What is the difference between these two terms besides the presence of the letter d? We’re here to let you know! It’s perfectly normal for any person to feel displeasure. Some people actually dislike the smell of flowers, while others detest studying in silence and would rather blast music while reviewing their notes. Come to think of it, lots of other negative words start or are associated with the letter d, such as detriment, discomfort, damnation, dullard, and difficult. However, between such negative terms as, for instance, adverse and averse, is there a significant difference besides the presence/absence of that one letter? Tho......

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Blogging 101: Nailing the First Impression: Ten Tips on Writing Your First Blog Post

Feb 19, 2019

When meeting people, first impressions matter. The same principle applies when creating your blog. Here are ten tips to help you nail your first impression online. Read Blogs If you’re a beginning blogger looking to break through the business, you need intel. Find popular blogs that are similar to the type of blog you plan to create. Established bloggers have already found out what type of content attracts readers. Moreover, doing this will give you the insight on whether or not you should continue your plan or find an even better niche to work in. Use the intel you gather to determine the strengths and weaknesses of their blogs as well as finding opportunities and threats to......

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