Expository Writing

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Forming a Thesis Statement

You've got a subject ("human-bear interactions") and a topic ("the relationship between Goldilocks and the three bears"). Now it's time to come up with a thesis statement — the point that you want to make [more…]

Finding Ideas for Your Writing

So you know you want to write a book — you just don't know what you want to write about. For many people, it's not uncommon to think that you need to write about something exotic or different or strange [more…]

Notetaking on the Computer

As far back as stone slabs and as recently as handheld computers, human beings have found ways to take note of information that they do not want to forget. And now that we're officially in the Information [more…]

Budgeting Your Time to Complete a Research Paper

In a perfect world, writing a major research paper would be such a delightful experience that you would eagerly jump right in and start writing a brilliant paper that's just the right length and completed [more…]

Examining the World of the Technical Writer

People who write technical documents come from all walks of life — and most aren't technical writers per se. Here are some actual situations of people who were called upon to write technical documents [more…]

Surviving Research Paper Disasters

Fifteen books, seven Web sites, and over a hundred articles after you started your research paper, disaster strikes. You find the perfect idea in your notes, but no source or page number. Or, you've got [more…]

Earn More Royalties via Self-Publishing

Major publishers typically pay authors a recoupable advance, plus a pre-determined royalty on book sales as compensation. Writers who self-publish their books, however, must cover all their project's development [more…]

Designing a Computer-Based Training Process

In any good architecture, the vision drives the details, and the details shape the vision. Therefore, a good outcome depends on a good design. It requires knowledge of how people learn, and it deserves [more…]

Choosing the Right Content for Your Self-Published Book

To ensure that your book targets the appropriate audience, provides information of interest, and stays on target in terms of the content, ask yourself these questions: [more…]

Slipping Between the Covers of a Technical Document

When you prepare a lengthy user manual, include all the information readers need and make the information easy to find. Following are guidelines for what to include. [more…]

Getting Your Arms around a Technical Document

The purpose of writing a technical document is to explain or report on a technical or complex subject. Therefore, unless you're the technical guru writing about something you know intimately, you must [more…]

Stages in the Writing Process

Break the writing process up into manageable chunks; this helps you to excel at each stage and plan your time so that you hit your deadline. Follow these 7 stages to achieve optimal results from your writing [more…]

Tackling Your Essay-Writing Demons

Turn those little negative thoughts about essays around. You may feel self-conscious about your writing style or apprehensive about those large word counts, but rethinking those depressing thoughts can [more…]

Key Websites for Essay Writers

Here’s a list of some key websites that can help you research just about any topic – for your writing projects or for discovering new areas of interest. Remember to reference any material you use, where [more…]

Writing Essays For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Don’t let essays daunt you. As long as you have the right working frame and mindset you can boost your writing and results. Here are some useful hints and tips that can help you plan and progress when [more…]

Must-Have References for Copyediting and Proofreading

If you’re a copyeditor or proofreader, you know the importance of good reference sources. Much of the information in desk references can be found on the Internet, but a good copyeditor or proofreader should [more…]

How to Develop an Academic Writing Style

To gain the best marks possible, it’s crucial that you target your writing towards an academic readership when writing essays and dissertations. The key elements of a good academic writing style are precise [more…]

Technical Writing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Write a technical brief as your important first step in the technical-writing process — whether you're an experienced technical writer or a beginner. A technical brief helps you identify and organize important [more…]

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