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July 6th, 2015

07/06/2015

The Three Cs of Content Marketing

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If you have an online business or blog, you know that good content can be tough to produce. The We Can Write That blog is a case in point. We're so busy writing content for customers, we let the blog slide far too often. And we're a writing site! So I can only imagine how hard it is for someone without a writing background to keep the content coming while juggling everything else that goes along with running a business.

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November 22nd, 2014

11/22/2014

Acing the Essay: Expository Essays

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An expository essay asks the writer to present his or her opinions, ideas, and arguments on a particular topic. As with other types of essays, a thesis statement is presented, and the five-paragraph format is usually followed. (See our blog “Acing the Essay: Introduction,” for more information on essays.)

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October 5th

10/05/2014

Acing the Essay: Introduction

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The fall semester is underway, which means an essay will inevitably be assigned in at least one of your classes. Many students confuse an essay with a research paper, but an essay is a distinctly different type of writing. The Free Dictionary defines the essay as "a short literary composition on a single subject, usually presenting the personal view of the author."

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September 3rd

09/03/2014

Movie Review Analysis, Part I

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This post starts a series discussing Rex Reed’s review of If I Were You (2013), a film which critics generally did not take to. Of the many negative reviews of this movie, Reed’s stands out to me as expressing the most dislike. His review is useful for analyzing some features of argument; recognizing the elements involved in creating and delivering an argument will help you argue (and therefore write) more successfully.

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May 28th

05/28/2014

Metaphors and Similes

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Let’s face it: much of what we write can be pretty dull. Authors often use metaphors and similes to spice up their sentences when writing fiction—and you can, too.

So, is there a big difference between a metaphor and a simile? No, not really. Both are ways of comparing one thing to another. The difference is that similes usually incorporate the words “as” or “like,” while metaphors do not.

Here are some examples of similes:

Bubba is as tenacious as a gator with a possum ’tween its teeth.

Margo has a personality like a storm front.

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March 31st

03/31/2014

The “I” vs. “Me” Dilemma

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The “I” vs. “Me” Dilemma

Every minute of every day, someone, somewhere is uttering a sentence with an incorrect pronoun. This tragedy can be avoided using a simple technique for choosing whether to use “I” or “me.”

Let’s look at some examples. It’s not difficult to communicate your fondness for retail therapy by saying,

“I love to relax by spending the weekend at the mall.”

So far, so good. But what if you want to mention a friend—we’ll call her Cordelia—who feels the same way? A lot of us might say,

“Cordelia and me love to relax by spending the weekend at the mall.”

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February 11th

02/11/2014

Speculative Fiction: Write What You Know?

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First-time fiction writers are often told to “write what you know.” This well-meant advice assumes that inexperienced writers will have an easier time expressing themselves if the subject of a fictional creation is familiar. That is generally true, but some new writers may misinterpret the suggestion and conclude that they should write only about events they have personally experienced. Such a restriction is not beneficial to the creative process.

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November 5th, 2013

11/05/2013

Hey, That Offends Me

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I’m not really one to get offended when people use certain words. I mostly think of words as strings of letters that have evolved over the years to incorporate changes in culture and accompanying shifts in meaning. The words themselves don’t have any power to be offensive or innocuous. At the same time, I don’t often use words that I know others might find offensive. Many people don’t view words the way I do, and I don’t want to upset someone who does not separate the letters from the weight of culturally agreed-upon meaning, and I don’t want to flout the rules of polite society.

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August 30th

08/30/2013

Dictionary-Directed Anger is Misplaced, People

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What an exciting and controversial week it has been in the world of twerking! First Miley’s performance at the VMAs, then the addition of “twerk” to the Oxford Dictionary Online. Both of these twerk-tastic events were met with angry recriminations, harsh judgments, and extreme indignation. It has certainly been fun to watch.

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May 5th

05/05/2013

Fundamental Comma Rules, Part Three

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I’ve been so busy writing projects for happy clients that I have once again neglected the blog, which I know is a disappointment for my massive readership. But fret not, all of you who yearn to know more about commas. Here is the next fundamental comma rule for your enjoyment and edification. If you’re not interested in learning the rules after all, no worries. We can do all your writing for you, remember.

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