Writing and Journalism

For articles focussed on the written word, regardless whether the purpose is to entertain, inform or motivate. 

Valid Arguments In order to be valid, an argument has to be based on evidence. For example, we might say: “Tigers can produce milk…” Or “Wildlife brings tourism…“ However, these are not valid arguments unless we give some evidence, or cite a source: “… Since tigers are mammals and all female mammals can lactate for …

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You have spent lots of time researching, working hard to produce a top quality assignment that will be appreciated by your tutor. You have timed it well; your favourite TV programme is about to start, you have some tasty food waiting for you. It’s now time to submit that assignment and wait for a response. …

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Experts inform us that it is essential that we "show, don't tell," but then rarely explain what this means. ‘Show, don't tell’ means that you indicate to your reader what you want them to explore rather than just telling them about it. This means that readers engage more fully with what you write, and use …

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Should you Write a Biography? Have you ever been intrigued and inspired by a person – or horrified by reported activities – prompting you to find out more about them? You may well have turned to a biography in order to discover more. As an aspiring writer, have you ever thought of writing a biography …

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Many people state that they could write a book – or that they are planning to write as a hobby. How many of us actually get around to doing this? It is often a vague plan that never takes shape. It seems that ‘too busy’ is the usual excuse. This untapped potential remains a frustration …

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Critical thinking has a bad reputation in the twenty-first century. People tend to look at it suspiciously. This is partly because of its background. Critical thinking is especially taught at colleges, and as a preparation course for young students hoping to attend the most prestigious universities like Oxford or Harvard. This means that critical thinking …

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Magazine articles are usually not considered acceptable sources for essays. This is because they are not written by experts or peer reviewed (checked by other experts). They are also often too short to develop an idea, they don’t cite sources and they are often written by people with a conflict of interest. However, there are …

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It is all too easy to worry about writing your assignment and sometimes just starting it can seem difficult. To take away some of that feeling of dread, here are some simple tips that will turn this into a positive and happy experience. Make sure you have read the relevant course content carefully, making notes, …

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First, it is essential to establish: What is a report, and what distinguishes it from other written pieces? A report is a structure of writing that is commonly used in businesses and other organisations to explore a particular subject. It is different from an essay that you will have written at school or college, or …

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Would you like to be a writer? Does the idea of getting your words published – or even your novel be seen on the best seller lists – fill you with enthusiasm to get started? In our fantasy of a perfect life of writing, many of us dream of spending our working day in an …

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To be published and build a profitable writing career – or interesting hobby – you must be resourceful, determined and totally professional in your approach. Here’s how. Specialise in one or a few subjects List the subjects in which you have a particular interest or expertise. You may be surprised to learn that you know …

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Journal articles are the most important and reliable sources for academic writing. However, as I explained in a previous article, they are often hidden from people behind paywalls so that it seems impossible to read them without paying a large fee. If you have an article which you are desperate to read, there might be …

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Imagine you’ve just found a brilliant article and want to cite it in your essay. However, when you come to cite it you find that the source is not an academic journal at all, it’s actually in a type of book called a Festschrift. Your natural questions are: (i) Am I allowed to cite books …

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  Many of us dream of becoming a writer, but few people actually do anything further about this. This untapped potential remains an unrealised ambition. For most people, actually starting to write a book is too scary a prospect, so they find wide-ranging excuses for never quite finding the time for this project.     …

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If you have ever read a book to a young child, the thought may have passed through your mind that you could write as well as this author. After all, how difficult can writing a book for children be? It's probably harder than you think. We have all been children, and perhaps we think that …

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Maybe you have a story and want to get it published. Or maybe you have heard everyone has a story in them and want to start writing yours. Either way, you've probably heard some of the following myths about authorship: It's said J.R.R. Tolkien was not sure what was going to happen next as he …

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