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Introduction Limbo

Sep 21, 2017
Dear Writing Diary,In the beginning, writing was simply done with ink and paper. Scribes would scribble, and they were the elite chosen for this purpose. Now, we have come to the point where most of our writing is done in frantic, haphazard typing sessions an hour before class, and we are left wondering: How do I construct this introduction?! Do I begin with The Beginning? Do I begin with the dreaded thesis? I’m stuck, Diary. I have not even gotten to writing my body paragraphs or conclusion...

Writing Tip: Decoding Cover Letters

Jul 20, 2017
By Josie AllenCover letters are a huge part of applications for internships or job, but writing them can be a pain, especially if you’ve never been exposed to them before. Many people know that cover letters – usually paired with resumes – are sent to potential employers or internship programs, but not everyone knows what their purpose is or what to include when writing them. But no worries! I am here to clear up the confusion about cover letters.Let’s start with an explanation of a cover...

50 Shades of Thesis Denial

Jul 20, 2017
By Katelyn StarkAre you drowning in the gloom and fear of writing your thesis this semester? Have you procrastinated just long enough that your heart is racing at the thought of starting on something? You’re in luck. Let us pull you out of your thesis stupor and get you on the right track.At this point in the semester, you’re most likely at the stage where you have a solid foundation for your research. We are hoping that you have already met your thesis advisor and have a question and...

Perplexed Progressions

Jul 20, 2017
Dear Writing Diary,I’ve been having a problem with my writing recently. All of my professors tell me that I need help with progression in my papers and that my transitions don’t work. They don’t think that my ideas relate to one another. Another thing is that I am writing a big paper soon, and it will be difficult for me to transition between all those paragraphs. I’m afraid that I am going to get off topic because my transitions need some work. I want to be able to make my parents proud. If I...

Who…or Whom? Who! No, Whom? Right?

Jul 18, 2017
By Andy HillMany writers have difficulty determining the appropriate uses of “who” and “whom.” Some always use “who,” because they are unsure of the rules and are more familiar with it than “whom.” Others overuse “whom,” perhaps in attempts to sound intelligent, but fall short if anyone who knows these rules is within earshot. The good news is that this is a relatively easy dilemma to overcome and can be understood fairly quickly by viewing it from a couple of helpful perspectives.  In an...

THERE Is Hope!

Jul 18, 2017
Dear Writing Diary,I have a huge problem. Your not going to believe it, but I don’t know the difference between your and you’re! There, their, and they’re also confuse me. I never know which one to use, and when people read my writing, their having a hard time understanding what I mean. Basically, my confusion is making my audience confused. All my teachers tell me, “Your going to need to fix this!” But they’re is no way I can fix these mistakes without some guidance. I am scared that when I...

Basic Survival Skills to Make it Through Your Internship

Jul 18, 2017
By Katelyn StarkAre you approaching the wide seas of your first time as an intern? Are you wondering what exactly you’re going to be faced with on your first day of being in the office? We might not be able to guide you in what to pack for lunch in the business world or how to approach your boss about hiring you after graduation, but we can teach you the basic writing issues you might face.1. The MemoEven the word memo has a strange ring to it. What does it mean when your boss asks you to send...

Karate Chopping Writer’s Block

Jul 18, 2017
By Veronica NawojczykA blank white page can quickly transform into a vast, intimidating emptiness, deterring me (and probably you) from writing. When ideas aren’t coming readily to my mind, that blank, white page can just taunt me. I have had to learn how to karate chop that writer’s block clean in half. Here’s my advice for how you can too:Freewrite Just start writing. Try starting with the body paragraphs and coming back to the introduction later. Prose writer and App State student...

Writing as Dessert

Jul 12, 2017
By Mary Neal MeadorIn grades K–12, teachers use these “Steps in the Writing Process” to introduce students to the idea that writing is not something that happens all at once: it is a process. In high school, following these steps works out OK because assignments aren’t complex and don’t require synthesizing a lot of information.But you are in college now.1 Many students find that this process simply doesn’t work anymore. It’s easy to get really stuck, and it can be overwhelming when that...

Confounding Conclusions: Understanding and Constructing a Text’s End

Jul 6, 2017
By Aaron ShakiWe all know what conclusions are supposed to do, right? End paper, everyone thinks to himself or herself. But it’s not that easy is it? Just as starting a paper can be challenging, bringing a text to a conclusion can be just as tricky and even frustrating at times. While many writers consider conclusions difficult to write, they are essential to writing a strong, cohesive text. Too often, writers neglect constructing a satisfying or even sufficient conclusion, opting to instead...