How to Write an Academic Personal Statement | Proofed’s Writing Tips
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How to Write an Academic Personal Statement | Proofed’s Writing Tips

Academic personal statements can be daunting. Many students find it challenging to write about themselves, and putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) to show off why you’re the perfect candidate for an academic program isn’t always easy. Don’t fret, though. Writing a personal statement doesn’t have to be scary. There are steps you Read more

Has the Pronoun One Fallen Out of Fashion? | Proofed’s Writing Tips
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Has the Pronoun One Fallen Out of Fashion? | Proofed’s Writing Tips

In modern writing, you might see one used as a pronoun. What does this formal word mean, and should you use it in your own writing? In this post, we’ll look at how to use the pronoun one and see if it still has a place in modern English. The History of the Pronoun One Read more

4 Questions to Ask When Writing Flashbacks
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4 Questions to Ask When Writing Flashbacks

by Tiffany Yates Martin Two commonly misinterpreted canons of story can make rampantly using flashbacks in your story deceptively seductive: “Backstory is the story” and “Show, don’t tell.” Flashback seems to fit the bill perfectly, doesn’t it? Dramatizing your main characters’ past in a “real-time” scene from it surely handily addresses both issues. But used Read more

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Best Books – Ranked | Proofed’s Writing Tips
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Arthur Conan Doyle’s Best Books – Ranked | Proofed’s Writing Tips

Arthur Conan Doyle was an English novelist born on this day (May 22) in 1859. He was a versatile writer who wrote poetry, historical fiction, and nonfiction. He is best known for creating the detective Sherlock Holmes, one of the most popular and enduring literary characters. In celebration of this prolific author, we’ve selected five Read more

50+ Words That Are the Same Backward | Proofed’s Writing Tips
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50+ Words That Are the Same Backward | Proofed’s Writing Tips

Thinking up words that read the same backward and forward, also known as palindromes, can be a fun brain teaser or way to test your creativity and writing skills. We came up with more than 50 palindromes of all sorts to help you get started! Single-Word Palindromes Let’s start by highlighting some single-word palindromes, many Read more

How to Turn Your Room into a Good Study Environment | Proofed’s Writing Tips
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How to Turn Your Room into a Good Study Environment | Proofed’s Writing Tips

Studying in your student accommodation isn’t always ideal, but we can’t all be like Kylie Jenner with jaw-dropping offices that have showers, huge fridges, and glam rooms. So, we have to work with what we have. As a student, studying for assignments and exams is going to take up a lot of your time. But Read more

Grammar Tips: Not Only… But Also | Proofed’s Writing Tips
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Grammar Tips: Not Only… But Also | Proofed’s Writing Tips

Not only… but also is an example of a correlative conjunction. We use it to present two pieces of information that are not only related but also unexpected. (See what we did there?!) Read on to learn how to correctly use not only… but also in your writing. When to Use “Not Only… But Also” Read more

Zeugma: A Guide to this Literary Device | Proofed’s Writing Tips
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Zeugma: A Guide to this Literary Device | Proofed’s Writing Tips

Zeugma means using a word in a sentence to mean two things at once. Consider the following example in Alanis Morissette’s song Head Over Feet:          You held your breath and the door for me. The word “held” can be applied to both nouns “breath” and “door.” While the person literally held a door open, Read more

Guess Who’s in the Driver’s Seat of Your Creativity?
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Guess Who’s in the Driver’s Seat of Your Creativity?

by Holly Lasky The path to understanding and having creative flow is about knowing the origin of and what to do when you don’t have creative flow. Guess who’s in the driver’s seat of your creativity? What do you do when you’re blocked, staring at an empty page waiting to be filled with your brilliance and Read more