Thursday, January 5, 2017

What Did You Achieve? Let’s Say Goodbye to 2016’s Monkey and Meet the 2017’s Rooster



The 2016 is almost over and it’s time to sum up all the things that have happened to us during this year. At times, it was quite hard, but I am sure that there were a lot of pleasant moments that we will recall in 2017 with smiles on our faces.
As for me, the year of monkey was really crazy and inquisitive as they are themselves. A great number of activities have not been letting me be bored and sit without any work. There was really no time to search the web in order to find some activities to take part in. Actually, I’m not complaining, I really like these moments when I do what I like. It is said that our life is a motion, and I totally agree with it.

So, today I want to share with you the most important things that have happened to me, and that I will remember forever.

Long-Awaited Trip




I think every employed person will understand me that sometimes it is quite hard even to devote some time to our relatives and friends. But, even if we have some spare days to relax, it’s hard to completely forget about the job. This year has provided me with the opportunity to get a long-awaited trip to Spain. Actually, it happened very spontaneously and I wasn’t ready for such a turn of events, but at one moment I have told myself ‘Now, or never!’ and set off on a journey.

Guys, do not neglect chances that you get on the spot in order not to regret untapped opportunities.

Writing Challenge




The best way to sharpen your writing skills is to practice them again and again. This year I have held a writing contest that is very similar to the well-known annual NaNoWriMo. When NaNoWriMo’s main benefit is that you can try your efforts in fiction writing, my challenge has a bit different aim. It was just for academic writers. Having announcing the challenge, I even did not think that such a great number of academic writers would embrace the idea. I have met a lot of great writers who are just on their start of the career path, but I’m sure that they will reach their target dreams and will become professionals.

Remember, nothing will come to you by itself! You have to do your best as well as to make efforts to reach your goals. Hope that next year we will see yet more academic writers taking part in our contest.

Member of the Hanging Committee




Practicing for academic writers is everything. They try to do this everywhere, as with the help of modern technologies they can do this easily. This year EssayLancers has held a writing challenge, and I was suggested to be an expert. At first, it seemed quite hard and I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea, but how I would know if I didn’t try. Thus, I made a decision to try myself in this sphere. To be honest, it was so great that I am already looking forward to the next chance of such an experience. I was really impressed that such a lot of freelance academic writers are interested in taking part in such kinds of activities. One of the conclusions that I have made is that it was a good practice for me as an editor and proofreader.

So, I have shared with you some of the best events that I faced last year. Hope you passed it also with pleasure and do not regret anything that was done.

In the conclusion, I want to wish you all the best in 2017. Let all the pleasant things still stay with you, and all the worst ones be left in the 2016. Wish you to reach all your goals as well as set new ones! Roosters are quite persistent, so let’s follow the main character of this year and purposefully be on a course to the success!

Happy New year, friends!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Judge Your Piece: 5 Essential Parts You Have to Think of First in Your Writing

Everyone knows that it is very important to check your writing before submission as well as proofread it. But is it enough to review the paper for grammar and punctuation errors? Actually, you have to make sure if it has everything that will make it catchy for the readers. So, read you paper one more time, following this checklist.

1. Urgency of the Topic




When it’s time to get down to your writing assignment, the very first thing that you have to evaluate is your topic. The title is a face of your piece, so you have to make it as pretty as possible. Don’t even hope that a dull topic could take the audience.

First of all, it has to be fresh and on point. You may take a vivid idea, but if it does not concern the particular group of people, you are likely to fail. The same thing will happen if you are talking strongly on the point for the audience, but the information you use to back up your arguments is outdated or improper. Making up the topic for your paper is no time to chill out. Create an inspiring title that will make your paper stand out from the others.

2. Causes and Effects


As the topic has to be effective, the whole body of the paper has to be logical and “influential” as well. Now, it’s time to check the relevance of the information, provided in the text. Look through the arguments, covered in your paper, and mull over if they are currently still on point. In this case, you have to understand that the originality is crucial here as it makes the total impression about the work, there is no need to tell that there are a lot of plagiarism detection software that can help avoid such an issue, as it is already well-known.

Provide your readers with some up-to-date data that haven’t been heard of yet. As you can see, having completed your juicy topic, there is no time to slow down, as your main part of the piece has to back up your great title.

3. Solutions


In every paper, we have to present a problem, and consequently, we have to give some solutions to this particular issue. So, the next item you have to check in your paper is the solutions that you include. Remember, the problem-solving has to be also fresh and trending. If a person has found your topic interesting, do not disappoint him/her; do not give them with the solutions that are currently well-known, find something really challenging, or even extraordinary.

4. Predictions

Let’s move on further! Anytime we face a problem in our lives, apart from the possible solution, we want to know the aftermath. The main aim of your paper is to provide the reader with a sufficient amount of information so that he/she do not have any questions when you finish your presentation. Do not let people leave your piece to find some extra material on your subject.

As practice shows, most papers fail just because they don’t have enough information due to the after-effects of the given solutions. Keep it in mind that it is quite better to cover less points than to cover a heap of them and lead none to the logical ending.

5. Call to Action


And here we come to the last point. The finishing touch is to call your audience to action. It can be an open discussion of the problem, or it can be a call to actual actions, such as doing something that will help them to completely solve the trouble.

If you see that the audience hasn’t made any outputs, it is a strong sign that the paper hasn’t really impressed them. In order to see if your audience will appreciate your thesis, you can gather some of your friends, who are the same age-grade, and present them your paper. Your mates are the best audience to test your piece in, as they will provide you with honest feedback for sure; so, you will know the approximate reaction of the university community.

Your reader has to be involved in the problem you are currently covering. Thus, it is a must to mention all these points to catch the reader.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

5 Ways to Get Inspired by Winter

Winter is outside the window and most people believe that it is the main reason why they feel depressed every day. Snowing, windy weather and falling temperature are the things that dull our lives. But indeed, it is just our self-suggestion. Let’s have a look at the facts that prove that, on the contrary, winter is the season that brings us energy and inspiration for any kind of work.

1. Food



When we think about healthy food, we are usually reminded of the summer period. Actually, it is the stereotype that all the healthy products are harvested in the hot season. Have you ever mused that winter brings us not less vitamins than summer does? Now, let’s have a look at some growths that we can treat ourselves with in winter.

● Lettuce

Lettuce is one of the vegetables that we harvest in cold seasons, but the number of nutrients that it contains is even higher than in some summer products. As for the lettuce, it is a must to know that it brings a lot of benefits for our health. Such a vegetable is also known as a ‘weight loss’ food, as it has only 12 calories. Moreover, it helps to remove salts from our bodies. If you suffer from insomnia, it can also be very useful. Lettuce consists of lactucarium to grapple with a sleep disorder that is very similar to opiate, but also is less strong and has less side effects. In addition, it provides you with a vitamin A that is very important for our skin, hair and vision.

● Spinach

100 g of spinach contains 25% of daily intake of iron. Such a vegetable also provides you with vitamins A and C. Moreover, it is a great source of a vitamin K that is responsible for our bones. One or the most important is the vitamin B that is good for our nervous system.

● Broccoli

Broccoli is also one of the low calorie vegetables. It has just 34 calories per 100 g. It also supplies a lot of vitamin C to our organisms that are useful during a cold season to prevent catching viruses. The vitamin A, beneficial for eyesight, is also contained in such a vegetable. This product is extremely essential for women, as it contains folate that supports the organism during pregnancy , as it protects the neural tube defects in the offspring.

2. White Color



When we talk about winter, the first color that comes to our minds is white. This is the color of clarity, innocence and purity, so we respond to it positively. In addition, people regard such a color as a new beginning or rebirth. Have you ever noticed that it makes us calm and well concentrated? So, winter can be considered as the best season to start something new in your life, as well as to get inspired to work hard. As for the academic writers, it is the season to create masterpieces.

3. Family Time



As it is predominantly cold in winter, people spend much time at home with their relatives. So, such a season unites people together. During this season we can see many families sitting at home and playing board games, or they may create snowmen together, or even have fun, playing snowballs.

4. Less of Insomnia



As in winter it gets dark early, people get sleepy early too. Thus, even not knowing it, we spend much time sleeping. Consequently, we are more likely to work hard next day, as we have got enough sleep.

5. Financials



The greatest amount of money we spend on food. But, winter can be considered as a frugal season. It is almost a common thing that people have a lot of fruits and vegetables in their freezers, harvested in summer. So, there is no need to spend money on the healthy products that are important to our immunity. In this case, you save a lot, as in winter these products are three or even four times as more expensive as they are in summer.

As you can see there is no reason to consider winter as the main cause of your low mood. Eat healthy food, spend time with your closest people, get enough sleep to work as productively as you can, as well as get inspired by marvelous white snow outside to craft masterpieces.

Monday, November 21, 2016

9 Essential Benefits of Taking Part in the NaNoWriMo Contest

Today we are going to talk about the worldwide renowned contest NaNoWriMo. A great number of writers, take part in this event, starting from the newbies in this field to the professional writers, who just want to sharpen their skills and to reach one more goal.

Actually, I also take part in this competition and recommend everyone to join our circle of writers.

If someone does not know, what NaNoWriMo is, I will tell you in brief. It is a writing contest that everyone who wishes can join. The main idea is to write a 50,000 novel in a month. Sounds uneasy? You won’t know exactly if you don’t try.

As I have already told you, such a contest is oriented not only at fiction writers, but academic writers can also give it a shot. Unfortunately, most freelance writers neglect such a chance, and they decide not to waste time dealing with such a kind of writing. But, all those people stumble at this, as they do not understand how much they are going to gain. They don’t get that besides simple novel writing, they earn a great heap of benefits that will help them in any kind of writing. Thus, I’m going to show up all the cards! Here is a list of benefits that you will gain as a bonus to reaching your goals:

1. Discipline



While writing a 50,000-word novel, you have to do your best to meet the deadline and to submit the piece on time. In this case you discipline yourself to overcome this challenge as well as bolster your self-esteem. Consider it as a new goal to be reached.

2. Arranging Time


While schooling yourself to discipline, you also learn to arrange your time properly. Such a skill is really needed for the academic writers, as the amount of money you earn, depends on the amount of orders you complete. Being able to arrange your time the right way will help you to handle more assignments at a time.

3. Less Lame Excuses



When you get down to work, you understand that you are the only person, who is really interested in completing the task as soon as possible to get down to another one. So, not to consider yourself lazy, you will do your best to overcome the challenge.

4. Communicating the Message



Being able to communicate the idea through the piece is a great skill for academic writers. To become a master at it, you have to practice a lot in writing different papers. Such a contest will give you a chance to practice more. As such a writing is a bit different from those that they used to face, it is a greater advantage to practice in it.

5. Logical Line of Thoughts



Rendering the message is very important for writers, but it always has to be supported by logical arrangement. When a person reads a paper, he/she would like to find some answers to the questions he/she has. So, when you communicate the idea to the reader, remember to provide him/her with the information gradually. Make your sentences flow out from the previous ones.

6. Planning



When you have some limitation on time to submit the piece, you have to plan your work. So, here is one more benefit that you will gain. Being able to plan your writing the right way will also help you cover more orders as well as will help you to structure your logical line of thoughts. And it concerns not only arranging time, but planning the structure, the content as well.

7. Command of English



To make people consider you as a master at writing, you have to correspond to such a name. And the most common item that can damage such a name is being unaware of the correct spelling of words, grammar usage and, of course, punctuation. As we know the best way is to practice as much as possible. The NaNoWriMo contest is a great chance to do this.

8. Developing Intelligence



When you write papers on different topics, you are studying at the same time. The information that you use, while dealing with the order, stick in your head, and you even without knowing get more intelligent. Why not broaden your outlook with the help of fiction writing? That is also very interesting.

9. Experience in Novel Writing



Sometimes we do not even know what we will do tomorrow, as well as writers do not know what they are going to write about next day. Such a contest may open up your new talents. If you have never dealt with novel writing, it is a great chance to try yourself in fiction writing. Maybe you will understand that this kind of writing is the best to you. And in some time you will present your full novel, sharing with your readers the way how you have become a writer.

When a person tries something new, it provides him/her with new experience. It’s better to regret your participation than to regret the fact that you have lost such a chance. There are some similar contests that you also can take part in. One of the renowned is AcWriMo, where academic writers show up their writing skills.

As you can see, there is much more that you gain in case of taking part in such a competition. Hope now you are opening the NaNoWriMo page and registering for the participation.

Thus, wish you good luck! :)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Lily: An Unexpected Journey

Buenos dias, mis amigos! ;)

Nice to meet you again. I really missed you, but now I am back and ready to share with you everything I have seen while being away! :)

Earlier, when I was to handle a paper for my client, I wrote an article on the interesting facts about Norway. This time I covered a new country, I had to write a paper concerning the progressive cities in Spain. The only thing I can say that it was so interesting to find out the information about such a fascinating country that it became my dream to visit Spain someday.

And guess what? When I was dealing with this project, I got a message from my Spanish childhood friend, Beth. She said that they moved with her family to a new house in Spain and she would like to invite me to visit them. It was really surprising and, of course, I said “yes”!



Beth’s daughter is my goddaughter, and it was double good news for me: I would see my godchild as well as visit Spain, as I have been dreaming. Then I realized, the luck was on my side! :)
Honestly, Spain wasn’t as I’d read, it was in many times better and more beautiful! Let me assure you that the information you know about this country may confuse you to draw a wrong conclusion :)

Spanish Is a Lovely Language


In Spain there are 410 million native speakers, so, Spanish is considered to be the second most spoken language all over the world. It is an official language in 21 countries. Indeed, it is quite difficult to hear what one is saying, as they do it very fast, but the language is so melodic that you want to hear it again and again.

The Art in Spain Is Everywhere


The most famous artists of the 20th century, like Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, were both Spanish. Salvador Dali’s the most expensive picture, Portrait de Paul Eluard, earned $22.4 million. His way of painting became an idol for many followed artists like José Roosevelt.

 

Women Rock in Spain


40% of all the businesses in Spain belong to women. They have proved that female is not a verdict. For instance, Cathriona Hallahan, the managing director of Microsoft, joined the Microsoft team just after school, in 1986, without any qualifications. Having been working for 28 years, she became the managing director in 2013.



Not As Lazy As We Consider Spanish People to Be


Spanish people are considered to be ones of the laziest people. Indeed, it is not totally correct. Spanish people usually have a working day that starts at 9 a.m. and finishes at 8 p.m. As in all other countries, they also have some time for lunch, as they call it “siesta”. Most people think that during this period they are just having fun in bars, but indeed, this time they use for business meetings as well.

The Nation with a Great Sense of Humor


They have a great number of festivals to celebrate and they do it in such a fantastic way that you want to visit them again and again. La Tomatina is one of the most famous holidays in Spain. This day, people meet in town square and start fighting with tomatoes. The whole action lasts for an hour, but after it, the festival keeps going and people find any places to wash themselves. I think it is really funny! :)



These are some facts that I have learned from this trip. Of course, it is not the whole list of them. So, my advice to you: travel as much as possible! It is great and you will never get bored with it! :)

Moreover, I want you to share your stories with me. Which countries have you recently visited? What has spurred you into such an action?

Waiting for your tellings ;)

Friday, April 8, 2016

Storyboarding for Academic Papers



Research for academic papers can be time-consuming and when you finally start writing that research paper, you have enough arguments, proofs and conclusions to make it a fully featured academic piece. However, most of the time, when you go through loads of data and want to include many valuable facts into your writing, the main task is to organize everything logically: each argument needs to have its place where it highlights the main point of the research paper from the best angle. So, how to structure an academic piece the best way possible?

To answer this question, I need to tell you about my anniversary with my husband :) I wanted to have a corkboard for a long time because I have many post cards from my friends from all over the world and until quite recently they have been stuffed in one of my drawers. I wanted to pin them to the board and I did. My lovely husband presented me with a corkboard made with his own hands. I was very happy. When I pinned all the post cards, there was much space left and I started using it for my writing. I just wrote some facts or ideas and put them on the board. But, then, after lots of notes were pinned, while brainstorming I rearranged them, tried to look at the research subject from different angles and it actually helped me to create a successive outline for a research paper. And without realizing I used storyboarding for writing an academic piece. And I liked that experience much.


So, now you may have guessed the answer. I discovered that storyboarding is an effective tool for planning a paper where you can see how the changes in the structure may influence the output. And I strongly advise everyone to use this method which has many different forms. As you understood from my story about anniversary, I used a simple corkboard and notes but there are many programs like MindManager that may be downloaded to your devices. I use it when I go to work to the park or a café because it’s much more convenient than taking a corkboard to a public place :)

Try storyboarding for writing academic papers, maybe it is exactly what you need to improve your writing process!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Let’s Eat Grandma or the Importance of Commas


If anyone thinks that punctuation is not important in the English language, it’s time to get rid of such misconceptions. There is a popular mem on the Internet that perfectly summarizes my point.

And today, as you may have guessed, I will talk about commas. Commas divide the sentence into separate independent clauses, phrases or words. They are irreplaceable when it comes to long sentences with numerous clauses and different points of view. So, it is important to remember several rules in order to avoid confusion on the reader’s part.

  • Commas Are Necessary before Conjunctions


It is necessary to add commas before but, and, so, or, nor, for, yet if the sentence is long and consists of independent clauses.

E.g. Freelance academic writers around the world improve their writing skills by using online courses, but some of them don’t have constant internet connection to upgrade their knowledge all the time.

However, if it is a small sentence with two independent clauses, this rule can be ignored.

E.g. These academic writers are from India and those ones are from Pakistan.

In addition, you don’t have to put comma before a conjunction if it joins subjects or predicates.
Filipino academic writers and American proofreader make a great team that produces high quality content.

  • Enumeration Also Needs Commas


When you list some items in your sentence, they surely must be separated by commas (if you end up your enumeration with words or phrases like and so forth, and the like, and so on, etc., they need commas before them). Add a comma before a conjunction that names the last item in your listing.

E.g. Clients usually order essays, research papers, dissertations, case studies, and so on.

  • Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clauses Are Picky


You need to understand the difference between restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses first. Restrictive clauses impact the general meaning of the sentence. It means that if you omit one of them, the sentence will focus on an entirely different thing. As a rule, it is used with the pronoun that and doesn’t require a comma.

E.g. The book that I have bought on the fair appears to be very useful.

Nonrestrictive clauses do not harm the meaning of the sentence if omitted. They are usually used with the pronoun which and require commas.

E.g. This book for international students by Stephen Bailey, which I have bought on the fair, appears to be very useful.

  • Other Situations When Commas Are Needed


If you have a long introductory phrase at the beginning of your sentence, clarifying additional comments, place-names, parenthetical elements, repeated words or appositives (a word or phrase that follows a noun and plays an explanatory role), they are all used with commas or paired commas.

It is important to remember about these rules if you want your writing to look proficient. Of course, there are more points and exceptions that demand a more thorough examination, but these are the most essential ones. Use them wisely.