Why academic writing is soooo boring – but needn’t be

Please welcome freelance content writer Jessica Freeman from Sydney, Australia, who shares her thoughts on why academic writing has become so boring to read … plus some ways in which to make it more reader-friendly. Over to Jessica…

Academic writing exists only to share knowledge and ideas. Sadly, we have created a culture where students are trained to create sterile and clinical documents. Academic work tends to be very technical, and students are afraid to add a little flair or entertainment value through fear of losing marks when they are graded.

HTWB academic writing for students

Academic writing has its own unique structure, and writers are not penalized for being boring.

This habit of writing sterile and clinical documents then follows the academic through his or her life and few academics ever learn how to write entertaining texts.

Are academic works really that boring?

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How good, correct writing can get you a better job

Are you looking for a new job? And has anyone told you that good, grammatically correct writing doesn’t matter for a job “like this?” Well, they’re wrong. Here’s why, and here’s how to get yourself ahead of the posse in the increasingly competitive job market.

Good writing can get you a job on HTWB

Good writing skills are not about being snotty

Many people – especially among some teenagers attending high school – think it’s not “cool” to worry too much about good grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax and so-on.

Now, they may be right. Stuff like that doesn’t matter if you see yourself always in a low-paid, boring job … maybe chasing dreams in the music business (but what happens when you’re older!) … or hugging trees in a valid but unlikely-to-be-long-term career that will pay your bills and help you bring up a family. [Read more…]

How to find the writing help you need on #HTWB

With more than 1,200 articles and tutorials on writing here on #HTWB, you may start finding a bit tricky to find what you need. So FYI, here is a breakdown of the most popular categories and specifically how they can help you with your writing.

the writing help you need on HTWB

Not sure where to look for the writing help you need here on #HWTB? This article is a useful guide.

Below all that, you’ll find a selection of the most popular articles with links to them directly. But in the meantime, here are …

Our most popular categories here on #HTWB

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Need some help with your creative writing? Grab these tools now

Writing creative material that’s good enough to grab publishers by the short hairs is always big challenge. Here, guest contributor Gloria Kopp shares her top tips on the tools she finds invaluable for getting manuscripts ready to, er, grab prospective publishers by the short hairs and with luck, lead to a publishing contract. (And best of all, these tools work for most other types of writing, too – for business, blogging, web content, and more.) Go, Gloria …

Essential proofreading and editing toolkit for creative writers

book writing help on HTWB

Writing a book, or thinking about it? Here are some tools you may find very helpful.

Everyone has always got that secret weapon hidden in their back pocket – that trick that helps them get the job done easily, quickly and properly. For creative writers, your secret weapon is right here; a cache of essential proofreading and editing tools to improve the quality of your writing, and turn it from something good to something spectacular. [Read more…]

How to get your kids to write better – and enjoy it

Now that many of our children are going back to school after the summer break, it reminded me that when my son was at high school I had to suppress my screams when reading through his English assignments every time I saw a spelling or grammar mistake.

How to get your kids to write better - and enjoy it

As with so many things, acting as a coach for your child to help them write better and enjoy it, will go a long way towards achieving that goal.

Despite being utterly ignorant of the “right” way to handle this my instincts told me not to threaten him with castration if I ever saw another “it’s” when it should be “its,” but to move on to the big picture – the content of his writing and how it worked – and go back to the details later. [Read more…]

Going to college/uni soon? Here’s how to survive it

Whether you’re a new university student or an old-timer, this series of articles by recent graduate and hugely talented young writer Jackson Rawlings will have you laughing all the way through … and yet learning the best ways to cope with university life, study, write essays, assignments and sheer survival. Enjoy.

Going to college/uni soon? Here's how to survive it

Some great advice if you’re off to college/uni soon … from a guy who just graduated a while ago.

Here’s a checklist of all the brilliant articles Jackson wrote for HTWB about how to survive college (USA) or uni (UK) and emerge with the best possible outcomes. Just click on the green titles to go to the articles you want to read. [Read more…]

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