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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...

Writing Extends Beyond the Page!

Jul 6, 2017
By Jerry YeltonAs this bulletin board boasts, the University Writing Center at Appalachian is capable of helping with projects far outside of the realm of the written or typed page. The reality is that composition encompasses all forms of writing, not just typed essays. It is well within the abilities of the UWC’s talented consultants to aid students in all sorts of projects, not just those limited to two dimensional text.In current job markets and professional fields, multimodal projects that...

Comma Confused

Jul 6, 2017
Dear Diary,I’m worried I have a serious problem, with commas. I’ve had it for a while. My teachers keep telling me, to look up comma rules or they try to lecture to me about them and I usually just lose focus or forget by the time I start another writing assignment. When I start to write I just don’t know when to add a pause and when to keep going or when to start a new sentence. Sometimes my sentences are choppy. They don’t always make sense together. How do I fix, this devastating, problem...

On Writing Statements of Purpose

Jul 6, 2017
By Ephraim FreedHundreds of written pieces come into the University Writing Center each semester. As consultants, we have to be acquainted with a vast array of assignment types and citation formats. During sessions, we put significant effort into helping clients make the best out of the given assignment, but we also work at transforming them into better writers. Investing ourselves in the well-being of clients can be stressful when they bring in something with serious real-world implications....

The Pen-sive Process

Jul 6, 2017
By Kevin HaganThose of us involved with talking about writing and helping others find their expressive voices often spend a lot of time in conversations about the writing process: pre-search→ brainstorm→ research→ draft→ write→ revise→ rewrite→ edit→ submit. However, we tend to pay very little attention to one very important aspect: the actual mechanics we use during the stages of the writing process.Mechanical processes are the methods we use to get the words from our...

Drawn Together, Torn Apart: The Rollercoaster That Is Collaborative Writing

Jul 5, 2017
By Emily GarciaSince my second year at Appalachian, teachers have joined their students together to create what is either a very fun, educational, and useful experience or a very poor, frustrating stab at my faith in humanity.  At its core, the group project is meant to build and strengthen the collaborative muscles that most career paths require.  Feeding off of group members’ ideas can create a project that is more creative, in-depth, and rounded given the extended perspective...

More Bitterness with Bibliographies

Jul 5, 2017
Dear Writing Diary:I read your response about the positive qualities of bibliographies, and I guess I see your point about using them to streamline my research process, but I’m still pretty jaded about having to write them all the time.  I’ll trust what you said about teachers’ intentions. Taking a second look, teachers probably aren’t assigning bibliographies because they don’t trust me or because they want to punish me.  Still, writing these things certainly feels like punishment....

Beginning with the End in Mind; Developing a Process of Evaluation

Jul 5, 2017
By Michelle KizerDuring my last three years here as an ASU student, writing consultant, and an instructor, I have learned that regardless of the course, most students are required to complete some type of final project that involves research. This means that you are going to have to comb your way through dozens of websites, books, library databases…and did I mention tons of journal articles…in order to find resources that will work with your project. In fact, you may even locate hundreds of...