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The Importance of Bad Grammar

bad grammar can be good for youNow that I’ve written about the importance of good grammar, it’s about  time I wrote about the importance of bad grammar. Believe it or not, bad grammar can actually be good for you. It can actually serve you better than good grammar can. Continue reading ‘The Importance of Bad Grammar’

Writista Services Update

We’ve just added a lot more info to our writing services page. The update should answer all of your basic questions about what we do and how we do it. If you need more information, email us or leave a comment.

Imitation is the Best Form of Flattery… Not.

This is interesting. Someone liked our article on How to Stop Being So Lazy so much, she copy/pasted it into her own blog and passed it off as her own. The only thing she changed was the title and the last line. Everything else is Writista’s original text.

While this is really flattering, it is also illegal.

Plagiarism is dangerous to your (intellectual) health.

Warning: Plagiarism is dangerous to your (intellectual) health.

Perhaps the poster didn’t realize that she was plagiarizing our work. Perhaps I should write a series of articles about plagiarism… on how to spot it, how to avoid it, etc. Plagiarism is a widespread practice, and most people know it’s wrong, but many people still steal other people’s work, out of laziness or ignorance.

Dear readers, if you’re going to post our articles anywhere else, kindly link back to us. We don’t ask for any monetary compensation for our blog posts. Just give credit where credit is due. It’s basic Internet etiquette.

Thank you.

Write or Die Helps You Fight Writer’s Block

The worst thing about writer’s block is that it’s not just hard to get started, it’s just as hard to keep going. So when I came across Write or Die a few days ago, I got hooked immediately. It’s a terrific little website for combating writer’s block.

The idea behind Write or Die is simple but extremely effective. You specify 4 things: a word goal, a time goal, a difficulty level and a grace period. Then you start typing. What’s so special about Write or Die is that it literally punishes you if you stop writing.  Continue reading ‘Write or Die Helps You Fight Writer’s Block’

Ask Writista: Why Wasn’t My Professor Impressed with My Paper?

question_markDear Writista,

I’m an honor student who tries to make my papers the best they can possibly be. I use the dictionary and thesaurus to make my work different and to show that I have great ideas that are a cut above the rest. But I got a C on my last paper! My professor even wrote “unnecessarily complicated” on it. What happened?? I’ve never had this problem before. I thought I was doing a great job! – Confused Cedric

Continue reading ‘Ask Writista: Why Wasn’t My Professor Impressed with My Paper?’

5 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Improve Your English

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Most people think they need to exert an enormous amount of effort to get better at English. This isn’t true. Studying for a few minutes every day is more effective than studying for a few hours every once in a while. The following tips are so easy, you won’t even feel like you’re studying seriously.

These tips are baby steps on the path to better English. Taking a few baby steps every day may not seem like much, but over time they translate into substantial gains.  Continue reading ‘5 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Improve Your English’

5 Reasons Why Students Write Bad Essays

 examsIt’s really easy to fail essay exams. I’m not talking about those exams in which you’re only asked to give your opinion (ex. “What do you think about Barack Obama?”). No teacher can fail you on those because you have the right to free speech.

I’m talking about the essay exams that require you to cite facts (ex. “Explain the effects of the Industrial Revolution on the French colonies of Southeast Asia”). This is the type of exam that students fail regularly, and I’m going to tell you why. Continue reading ‘5 Reasons Why Students Write Bad Essays’