My favorite student texts from Spring 2015 semester

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Relief, at last! The sweat of herding college students through Spring 2015 is over. We’ve made progress along the path to enlightenment. The final grades are in. Which means that as I enter my first free week of the summer, I am nostalgic about the most trying moments. To give you an idea of what my world has been like, …

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Gotta make time for what you love

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Thank goodness for therapy. In my latest weekly session, I got some insight on how to begin living with greater satisfaction. As you know, I’m trying to write at least 1,500 words every day during November. The goal is to have 50,000 words by the end of the month. It’s a challenge! I’ve already missed both the word count and …

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Taking on NaNoWriMo

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During November, I plan to write every day until I churn out 50,000 words. I will do it along with writers around the world who have set the same goal for themselves. The official name for this month-long creativity marathon is National Novel Writing Month. Better known as NaNoWriMo, it was founded in 1999 by some would-be novelists from the …

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Rock your writing! 9 easy storytelling tips

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Some people are born storytellers. The rest of us can learn how to do it. And the good news is, we really can improve! Tip #1: It’s all about the 5Ws. Stories need facts. The basic facts are the 5Ws: who, what, when, where, why. Usually, the 5Ws are joined by an H-factor: how. Every story has multiple Ws and …

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How to write concise

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Concise writing might not sound sexy but if you can do it, you are hot! The ability to express yourself clearly, simply and briefly is powerful. The trick is to let go of wordiness. Let’s start with a definition for “concise” from dictionary.com: “Expressing or covering much in a few words; brief in form but comprehensive in scope; succinct; terse.” …

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How to write a bio about yourself or someone else

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Writing a good bio isn’t that hard. This is great news because everyone needs a decent bio. But since most folks find the process rather intimidating, I’m going to share some basic how-to’s that have worked well for my students. In my writing classes, the first assignment is usually the bio. Most students groan because they worry about sounding like …

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