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if you are talking strongly on the point for the audience, but the information you use to back up your arguments is outdated or improper.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.

Friday, March 25, 2016

10 Freelance Academic Writing Fears More Frightening than Stephen King

You know that there are numerous phobias with weird names for almost every fear that a person can have: balonephobia (fear of needles and pins), cometophobia (obvious) or bibliophobia (fear of books; a kind of sacrilege, isn’t it?).

I haven’t found anything related to academic writing specifically but the closest disorder to it is atychiphobia or academic phobia – the fear of failure in learning. Well, I can’t say that I’m obsessed with the idea that I must excel at everything I learn, but I have some fears that have appeared as a result of my occupation. Let’s look into them more closely.

  1. I won’t make it until deadline.
  2. I will accidentally plagiarize something.
  3. My statement proofs are not convincing enough.
  4. My writing skills haven’t improved.
  5. The client won’t like the paper.
  6. I have missed a mistake!
  7. I am not qualified enough for that assignment.
  8. My language has degraded.
  9. I have missed an update in citation rules.
  10. All my writing has disappeared from my laptop.

I am sure that some freelance academic writers understand me and my fears. It is natural to be nervous when you are about to complete a serious task because some details may not be taken into account. There is always a risk …

On the one hand, I understand that these fears make me more thorough and diligent. On the other hand, they sometimes stop me from using, for instance, innovative data because it seems almost unreal and I think that the client may not accept that.

Confidence play an important role in academic writing and it certainly needs to be developed but at the same time doubting your decisions can sometimes make your work better.  

Sunday, March 20, 2016

5 Interesting Facts about Norway That I Found out During Writing for My Client

Well, you know that working as a freelance academic writers requires a lot of research. Thus, when I complete writing assignments for my clients, I get to know tons of new interesting data that I sometimes want to share with the world. That’s why I have decided to write from time to time posts on interesting facts which I find out during writing for my clients.

And today’s post is dedicated to Norway. I had to write a research essay about this beautiful country and as a result I got much pleasure doing it. Norway is one of the places of my particular interest due to its natural landscapes and winter resorts. Of course, my knowledge of it hasn’t been any deeper than of an average Internet user but I thought I knew enough. It turned out that I was wrong.

Global Peace Index says that Norway is the most peaceful country in the world. Well, when I came across this fact, it seemed to me logical because I have never heard about Norway being engaged in any internal or external conflicts, though I have never thought about this aspect.

London has been getting its Christmas tree from Oslo for the last 15 years. Given the natural constituent of this country, it comes as a no surprise that the capital of England is supplied by the best forests of Europe.

Drunk driving results in 30 days in prison and the loss of license for a year. These consequences may really stop people from driving under influence.

Norway has about 450 000 lakes. I’m sure that this impressive number of lakes makes the nature of the country even more beautiful.

Norway has made parental leave compulsory. There are some countries that have done the same thing but Norway was the first one.

In my view, Norway is an amazing country and when somebody asks me where I would live if I got to choose another place of residence, I always mention Norway.

Friday, March 11, 2016

And What Can I Do Now with My Research Skills?

Recently, I have found out (unexpectedly) that my research skills have completely changed my behavior. How could that happen? Well, I’m not sure but I do know that I benefit from this proficiency every day (and not only when I’m working).
  • I Always Look What Is at the Bottom of the Sea

When I learn a new term or hear some new information, I instantly google it and never stop on the simple definition. I want to know more: how and when did it appear? Who contributed to it? What are the results of its existence? And I hardly can stop there. The best benefit of the research skills is that you always want to know more and deepen your knowledge on every new subject you come across. And you know what it does with your mind besides widening horizons …
  • “Anything You Say May Be Used Against You in the Court of Law”

When there is a discussion, I never claim anything if I’m not 100% sure that it’s true. It often happens that my friends have hot debates over some matters but I prefer to avoid taking somebody’s side unless I know exactly who is right. That is the habit that you acquire while researching and writing academic papers. There is a strong benefit to that: I never turn out to be wrong :)

  • I Can Find Any Info That I Need

When my husband needs to find out when that lecture he attends is or my kids don’t know how to make a cover for a DIY notebook, here comes the researcher that lives in me. Well, it may seem that everybody can find that information and that is true. But it concerns those who know how to form correct questions to type in the search bar and this is exactly what research teaches people to do.  

I think that the research skills have greatly helped me to become a better person because, now, I feel that I can find out anything I need or want. And that is a marvelous feeling!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Book Review: A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations

Recently I have published a post about “Writing Your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day” by Joan Bolker and today I will talk about something much more serious. The book by Bolker focuses on developing a writing habit of producing some text every day. And “A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations” by Kate L. Turabian has very specific instructions on academic writing and that’s exactly what every academic writer needs.

There are several reasons it is definitely worth buying (it’s better to opt for a paper copy because the kindle version has some navigation problems as the reviews say. Anyway, I have a paperback copy):

  • It Is Compact

It doesn’t have any paper wasted on unnecessary information: everything is concise and each detail plays an important role for an academic writer.

  • It Is Written in Plain English

You won’t have any troubles perceiving the information from the book because the language is simple and clear, so you won’t have to read the sentence twice to get what it is about.

  • It Is Written for People

By this point I mean that this book contains not only technical details of academic writing (how to use abbreviations; how to cite electronic sources; etc.) but it actually gives some tips on how to place the word “research” in your head so that it would acquire the correct meaning. It also helps the process of deciding on the topic for your paper which is one of the most important things in academic writing.

I highly recommend this book to freelance academic writers because it will definitely help you become that professional you want to be. In spite of my 16-year experience I found much useful information in it. This is the most trustworthy resource and it gives you a great deal of confidence because once you write a paper following the instructions from this book, you are certain that you’ve done the right thing.