Cracking the Cover Letter

2018-11-19T16:44:10+00:00Tags: , , , |

Cover letters are a part of job, internship, and practicum applications that always tripped me up.  As soon as I saw the words “cover letter”, I felt stuck because I didn’t know where to begin.  Unfortunately, as a graduate student, cover letters are an unavoidable part of my life.  Many graduate school, practicum, and job [...]

The Curse of Knowledge

2018-11-19T16:52:17+00:00Tags: , , , |

Once I know something, I find it hard to remember what it was like not to know it. As a result, I have a hard time communicating what I’ve learned. I use jargon – specialized words that experts in the field know. I don’t include examples and evidence that seem obvious to me. I expect [...]

Show, Don’t Tell

2018-12-04T01:21:46+00:00Tags: , , , |

If writing is a public act, then, your purpose as a writer is to ignite reader’s interest and understanding of what you are writing about. The “Show, Don’t Tell” strategy emphasizes the reader’s experience of the material through the detail presented through action, concrete language, thoughts, sensory imagery, and feelings RATHER than the author’s summary [...]

Striving for Imperfection

2018-11-19T16:52:23+00:00Tags: , , , |

When I was a young writer, I saw the written word as carefully crafted and immaculate. Writing was the transfer of knowledge from the expert to me. To be a writer, I believed I had to stand behind the lectern of perfection and enlighten my audience with flawless ideas—but such writing always eluded me. I [...]

Give a Good Gift

2018-11-19T16:49:51+00:00Tags: , , , |

Recently I came across an article by Stephen Pressfield that reminded me my readers are  “donating [their] time and attention, which are supremely valuable commodities."  I owe it to them to give something valuable, whether that be a well-told story, important information, or a new way of thinking about an old idea. But giving a [...]