Can you tell how you motivate yourself to write? What do you do? Go for a run? Listen to a CD? Drink four litres of Red Bull? What do you do to get going?

By Ivan Smyth, 20. Ivan is a second year Journalism and New Media student. His interests include sports, writing and exercise.  Firstly, I would like to say that there is no right or wrong way to inspire yourself to write productively. In this post, I will discuss what techniques work for me.   Commit to a … Continue reading Can you tell how you motivate yourself to write? What do you do? Go for a run? Listen to a CD? Drink four litres of Red Bull? What do you do to get going?

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Word Prompt for August, 2018

Tell us about your experience of an assignment that you found unclear about what it was asking you to do or unclear about what the teacher wanted to know about what you know. What did you do? Was the strategy a good one or a poor one? If a poor one, what would you do … Continue reading Word Prompt for August, 2018

How a bit of procrastination helped me to get the right motivation

By Gianni Angelini, Professional Technical Writer and Masters Student. So, finally the game is over: I did it! I worked out how to accomplish my first Masters research report! If I look backward, here's what I see: one week of procrastination, one week of gathering data and thinking about what to write, and one week … Continue reading How a bit of procrastination helped me to get the right motivation

False friends can be your best friends: a game for English learners

By Gianni Angelini, Professional Technical Writer and Masters student. "Push forward!", that's what the Language course director told me the last day of the academic English writing course. It was just the end of last August, and I was trying to win my fears about not being able to engage in academic writing during the … Continue reading False friends can be your best friends: a game for English learners

Starting an Essay… Eventually: Tackling Small Goals to Tackle the Big Goal

By Rachel Helgeson, 2nd year student. I consider myself a writer. But the hardest thing for me to do is to start writing. It’s taken me a good few days just to start this article. I’d bet you’d expect that someone who calls themselves a writer would actually enjoy the idea of receiving a new … Continue reading Starting an Essay… Eventually: Tackling Small Goals to Tackle the Big Goal

When is a title a tail wagging a dog?

By Lawrence Cleary, Co- director, Regional Writing Centre, UL. Is there anything more frustrating than conjuring a title that communicates everything you want it to communicate? It seems that most of the online wisdom about coming up with a good title is from bloggers, an anxiety that appears close to every blogger’s heart. A close … Continue reading When is a title a tail wagging a dog?