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6 Tips for Writing a Prologue

A ‘prologue’ is a chapter that appears before the first main chapter of a novel...

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5 Tips for Responding to Reviewer Comments

After months of research and writing, you’ve finally submitted a piece to your target journal....

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How to Cite a Poem in MHRA Referencing

If you’re writing an essay and want to cite a poem in MHRA, the process...

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Word Choice: Guessed vs. Guest

The words ‘guessed’ and ‘guest’ sound quite similar, but they are spelled differently. Since these...

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Spelling Tips: Flyer or Flier?

What is the difference between the words ‘flyer’ and ‘flier’? Is it just a matter...

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Idiom Tips: Bury the Lede or Bury the Lead?

‘Bury the lede’ and ‘bury the lead’ are both acceptable ways to spell the same...

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A Quick Guide to Formatting Text in Microsoft Excel

Changing the appearance of the text in a spreadsheet can make it easier to read....

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5 Tips for Coming Up With Great Character Names

Picking perfect names for key characters in a novel or screenplay can be challenging. However,...

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Word Choice: Vial vs. Vile

The words ‘vial’ and ‘vile’ are homophones: words that sound the same but have different...

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How to Cite a TV Show in MLA Referencing

If you are writing about a TV show, or you simply need to refer to...

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When to Capitalise Job Titles in Writing

Should it be ‘President Biden’ or ‘president Biden’? Is the ‘social worker’ coming to the...

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How to Use Wildcards to Search a Document in Microsoft Word

‘Wildcards’, in the context of Microsoft Word, are characters that allow you to refine a...

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