Popular writing questions answered – shared to Quora from HTWB

I’ve been answering quite a few questions about writing, on Quora recently – and given that #HTWB is such a huge writing resource these days, it’s great to be able to share some of its expertise (and not just mine, but that of all contributors) to an even broader audience.

Questions on writing are being answered by Suzan St Maur and other contributors on How To Writer Better - a great resource for writing at all levels

Have you tried answering questions on Quora yet ?

Some of the questions on Quora are, er, interesting to say the least … it’s fascinating to see how some people expect answers to questions that are so vague and garbled. And it annoys me when responders sneer at such questions. Why not just respond by asking for more information so we can help more effectively? Grrrrr…

A few answers to questions about writing, on Quora, that could help you, too

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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.

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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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Students: 5 things to avoid this summer when getting ready for writing at uni

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Last time we had a look at 3 essential things you should do in the next month or so to get ready for writing at uni. We had some fun, we laughed (I did) and most importantly no-one got hurt.

This time I’m gonna do the ol’ switcheroo and give some tips on what not  to do when preparing for writing at university. [Read more…]

Students: 3 things you should do this summer to get ready for uni writing

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This week I’m taking a break from my usual, (let’s face it, flawless) format to bring you a quick, more general look at what you can do in the next month and a bit to get ready for uni (“college” in the USA). [Read more…]

Writing for students: bouncing back from a bad grade

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So you got a crappy mark? Listen, it happens to the best of us (yes, even me). As someone famous probably once said, ‘there are no bad grades, just good lessons’. [Read more…]

Writing for students: why it’s critical to be critical

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Being able to think and write critically is key to the whole ‘being an academic’ thing that life at University is intended to foster. [Read more…]

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