Music to Help Your Writing: Finale

By Megan Standley   As we bring this wonderful tale of why music helps writing to a close, I’d like to spend at least this blog to mention more songs from other genres. You wouldn’t expect these songs to help with writing, but they actually do! I’d also like to just talk about how great […]

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Songs to Help Your Writing

By: Megan Standley   Some songs aren’t just perfect to listen to while you write – they can also help you shake that icky writer’s block. In this blog I’ll list some of the artists that get me out of my writer’s block and the ones that I listen to when I write.   Music […]

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“Whistle While You Work:” Music and Writing Go Hand in Hand

By, Megan Standley   What else besides food and coffee goes along with writing? Music, of course! While it may surprise you, music and writing correspond with each other. A musician must write musical numbers if there is to be a song and a lyricist must write words to match. Of course, not everyone knows […]

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Famous Last Words

By: Cassandra Robbins   You should always write with an ending in mind, even though it may not be the one you choose in the final draft. In the final draft phases, you can really focus on the language right down to the sentences themselves. You should treat the very last line of your piece […]

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The Critic

By: Cassandra Robbins   When asked to review something, a person can face the dilemma of balancing between what is nice to say and what needs to be said about a work. On one hand, if a person showers the first draft in compliments, they really aren’t doing the task they were given; but if […]

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The Critiqued

By: Cassandra Robbins   Several years ago, my half-Italian mother wanted to make my brother and me a traditional Thanksgiving dinner like she had growing up, with one massive lasagna. She got up early and started combining tomato and spice to make sauce, letting it simmer slow, thick and heavy and red until the house […]

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Abstractions, Adverbs, Adjectives, and Nominalizations

By: Cassie Robbins When it comes to self-edited work, some of us may be too lax with grammar and may not even correct the small stuff until the final drafts. It isn’t the fun stuff about writing, anyway. As EB White said, “writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.” Emily Dickinson […]

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Books You Probably Didn’t Know Were Movies: Part II

By: Cassie Robbins   The Exorcist was a novel published in 1971 by William Peter Blatty. He had been inspired as an undergraduate at Georgetown University when he heard a story about a demonic possession. He based the novel in Washington DC as homage to his alma mater. The novel and book coincide with each […]

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Movies You Probably Didn’t Know Were Books

By: Cassie Robbins   Clueless Clueless is THE standard for ‘90s teen girl dramas. It graced us with phrases like “as if!”, “whatever!” and “I dig”, but it was actually based on Jane Austen’s Emma. The plot is the same: popular girl takes unpopular girl as a “project”, turns unpopular girl popular—in fact, more popular […]

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What Writing Should Be

In the last post, I talked a little about political correctness but I think that it deserves far more attention than I gave it. As writers and contributors to the media, we all need to be conscious of what we put out there. Some of this is just plain common sense—and if it isn’t, there […]

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