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When I visit the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, or any museum, I always see people walking around with sketch pads creating studies of the works of the great masters.  Artists look at art.  Musicians listen to music.  In the same manner, it is vital for writers to read.  Now, you can decide for yourself who you want to study.  By all means read J.K. Rowling, or... read more

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When writing your college essay, make sure to focus on what you can contribute to your new college and not just what you want to get out of it.  Colleges, whether selecting for the freshman class or for graduate school, want to bring in students who will add value to their class, program, campus and community.  Whatever makes you your own awesome you, celebrate it in your essay and... read more

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Take a look at the following list of words:  is, are, was, were, be, being, been.  These words often make writing weak and confusing.  Want to create superior writing?  Get rid of them.  Now, that may sound crazy, as they stand among the most common words in the English language.  That's because they serve as hallmarks of common, average writing.  To... read more

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As a student, I often had teachers that required me to engage in pre-writing activities.  Some demanded note cards. Others insisted on formal outlines.  More groovy types wanted me to do idea webs and free writes.  Today, I am glad I had the opportunity to try all of these approaches out, but I never require students to use any specific approach because my own experience tells... read more