‘writersblock’ Category

  1. Pronouns & Personality

    September 22, 2011 by edotgdot

    Can our word choices say something about our personalities?


    Indeed, says James W. Pennebaker chairperson of the psychology department at the University of Texas at Austin. Pennebaker’s new book, The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us, examines our language choices and what these word choices suggest about our personalities and relationships.


    Below are some interesting findings from the Pennebaker’s research:

    – Deceptive people, use the word “I” less when telling a lie.

    – Also,  a powerful person or one of higher status generally uses the pronoun “I” less than a person of lower status who will use “I” more frequently in speech.

    – Using more “I’s” and “we’s” can make a speaker seem more relatable.


    Are your curious to know what your language choices say about you? For a free analysis, visit The Secret Life of Pronouns.


    Sources: The Globe and Mail

  2. Résumé FAQ – How Many Pages?

    September 14, 2011 by edotgdot

    Can your résumé be more than one page?


    Yes. First, consider that your résumé should be succinct and easy-to-read so that the hiring manager can glance at your résumé and get a sense of you, your work history, interests, and skills in a matter of seconds. If  you are applying to an MBA program or if you want to adhere to the Harvard Business School format, then stick to a one-pager. And if you a job seeker that can keep your experience onto one page and manage for it to be an effective sales tool, then kudos to you because you should be concise. But there are some job candidates who just have more experience or a diverse background, and all of that information simply cannot fit onto one 8.5 X 11″ sheet of paper? Then you should make your résumé two pages. The two-page résumé is widely accepted nowadays, but career experts advise to never extend beyond the two-page limit.


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  3. That is, for example

    August 31, 2011 by edotgdot

    i.e. versus e.g.

    i.e. and e.g. are both Latin abbreviations that are used ubiquitously in English, however, these common abbreviations are often misused in writing. So what is the difference between e.g. and i.e. anyway? e.g. stands for the phrase exempli gratia which roughly translates into “for example.”(Silly memorization tip: e.g. as in egg-sample).

    Jerry likes traveling to big cities, e.g., Chicago, Rome, and Paris.

    i.e. is Latin for id est or “that is.” When using i.e., it is like writing “in other words” or providing further clarification.

    I like visiting big cities, i.e., I rarely travel to the country.

    If this is still confusing, try using plugging in the phrases “for example” or “in other words” to see which phrase fits best. For even greater detail on punctuation and usage of i.e. and e.g., visit Grammar Girl.

    Sources: Grammar Girl; Daily Writing Tips

  4. The Facts

    August 23, 2011 by edotgdot

    The fact and the fact that…


    While editing academic papers, many writers use the phrase the fact or the fact that. Does this phrase drive the point home or make the writing seem stronger? The locution the fact or the fact that can be omitted more often than not. Furthermore, The Careful Writer explains that it can be a loaded phrase: the author may not be stating a fact, but is simply offering her opinion or making an assertion. Here is an example of when this phrase is unnecessary:

    The author argued the fact that The Great Chicago Fire was a catalyst to the city’s economic development.

    The phrase, however, can not be completely excluded from your work:

    Jim Hendry did not relish the fact that he was fired by the Chicago Cubs.

    The fact is that Eliminating nonessential words or phrases will ultimately make your writing more powerful.

    Sources: The Careful Writer

  5. Revamp your Résumé

    August 17, 2011 by edotgdot

    Using Verbs to Bolster your Résumé


    Looking for a simple way to standout from other job applicants? Do you want to impress a prospective employer? Revamp your résumé  or CV by using strong, powerful action verbs. Below is a short list of examples:

    – Advertised
    – Accounted for
    – Created
    – Determined
    – Launched
    – Led
    – Managed 
    – Optimized
    – Projected
    – Published
    – Reduced
    – Spearheaded
    – Succeeded in 
    – Transformed 

    For  a comprehensive list of action verbs, visit JobMob.

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  6. Celebrate National Book Week on Facebook

    August 9, 2011 by edotgdot

    Facebookers! Honor National Book Week by updating your Facebook status just like e.g. EDITORS. Here is our post:

    It’s National Book Week. The rules are: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your status. “The final and fourth part of our study will be the sugar coat, which is the entertainment dimensions that help to attract interest in the story and also to camouflage and conceal its hidden secrets.”



  7. ‘OWL’ you need for correct citations

    August 1, 2011 by edotgdot

    First of all, my apologies for that pun.  But it’s nearly impossible to get excited about reference formatting, right?  Often that’s the last thing anyone working on a paper wants to think about.

    There’s a great resource online at the Purdue OWL website.  OWL in this case is the ‘Online Writing Lab’ at Purdue University, and they have a wealth of online materials for writing in the correct citation style.  Beyond that, they have grammar exercises for ESL speakers, commonly misused English words and phrases, and even resources for teachers and students.  Purdue OWL is in an easy to navigate, searchable format that makes it a go-to for general formatting questions. Take a look!

    This OWL is no feathery birdbrain.  Do you need MLA? APA? Chicago style? Or even AP style?  Before you go out and buy every available manual, visit OWL and see if you can get your questioned answered there.  You’ll want to bookmark it for any and all academic writing projects.  (And hey, if you REALLY love them, make a charitable contribution as a thanks for their great free resources and helpful hints).

  8. Sentence of the Week

    July 28, 2011 by edotgdot

    Calling all writers, readers, and fans of the written word! The New York Times needs you to send in the Sentence of the Week for The 6th Floor Blog while the critic-at-large is out on vacation. What have you read this week that resonated with you? Was it a sign, billboard, essay, paper, Facebook post, or an excerpt from your favorite novelist or poet? Here is e.g.’s contribution:

    “Whether we are describing a king, an assassin, a thief, an honest man, a prostitute, a nun, a young girl, or a stallholder in a market, it is always ourselves that we are describing.” Guy de Maupassant in Stealing Fire from the Gods: The Complete Guide to Story for Writers & Filmmakers, James Bonnet

    Please see the full article for more details on how you can submit your Sentence of the Week.

  9. American, British, Globish, or English

    July 25, 2011 by edotgdot

    Speackin’ English?


    Matthew Engel of the BBC wrote an op-ed piece this month about the English language and how Americanisms are infiltrating British English. Engel explored the issue of why Americanisms irritate people. Engel writes:

    “The Americans imported English wholesale, forged it to meet their own needs, then exported their own words back across the Atlantic to be incorporated in the way we speak over here. Those seemingly innocuous words caused fury at the time. The poet Coleridge denounced “talented” as a barbarous word in 1832, though a few years later it was being used by William Gladstone. A letter-writer to the Times, in 1857, described “reliable” as vile.”

    It seems strange (and a bit funny to me) that the words “talented” and “reliable” could cause such an uproar. With the ubiquitousness of American business and entertainment in the UK, Americanisms are coming in droves. Apparently American English is still a point of contention: when the BBC asked readers about their least “favourite” Americanism, they received thousands of responses. The report posted fifty of the top responses to the blog.

    Some of the peeves are justifiable, while others may seemingly be unfounded as noted in The Economist’s Johnson blog post entitled “Anti-Americanisms.” American English isn’t necessarily bad, it is just different. For example, Johnson responds with comments about the BBC’s most notable Americanisms (highlighted in bold):

    “I’m good” for “I’m well.” That’ll do for a start.

    Johnson responds: “That’ll do what?  Linking verbs including “am” take adjectives, not adverbs. “I’m healthy,” not “I’m healthily.” There’s nothing wrong with “I’m well,” since “well” is also an adjective, but nothing wrong with “I’m good” either.”

    British English or American English. Whatever! Or rather, Bloody Hell! The point is that unlike French, for example, Engel explains that English is far more flexible so it is the likely choice for global communication. Not British English, or American English, but Globish.

    As an American, I am all for dumping some annoying *isms* like “my bad” or “24/7.” Nor would I be opposed to British terminology seeping its way into American usage. British English has a way of seeming more sophisticated.Though when I hear “flat” coming from an American, it seems pretentious. Either way, we should embrace the changes and malleability of our language. Moreover, we should feel blessed that our language is spoken throughout the world.


    Sources:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14201796http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson


  10. Less versus Fewer

    July 8, 2011 by edotgdot

    10 items or less fewer!


    Less versus fewer is a common blunder.


    The “10 items or less” sign in grocery stores is a good and frequently used example of how to differentiate “less” and “fewer.” The sign stating “10 items or less” is grammatically incorrect. (Has a good ring to it though, marketers). The sign should be “10 items or fewer” because the items in a grocery cart are countable.


    For example:

    Mary has fewer apples than her neighbor Pam.


    Generally speaking, use the word “less” for things that cannot be tallied or for words that do not have a plural, such as:


    Joe has less water in his basement than Bob.


    For instance, when talking about time, money, and distance. One would not proclaim to have “fewer time” but rather, “less time.”


    “Less” is more frequently used while “fewer” falls by the wayside. Remember, if you can count it, use the word “fewer.”


    Sources: Grammar Girl; elearnenglishlanguage.com



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