Monthly Archive: November 2010

Nov 10

What We Do: Academic Writing and Editing Assistance

I am a retired English and Social Sciences public school teacher and college instructor: I have a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in English, Education and Psychology; and a Reading Specialist Certification. When I started Writing It Right For You, it never occurred to me that I would be *teaching* again. But one of the largest parts of my business today involves working with graduate and post-graduate students here in the United States as well as several other countries, including those for whom English is not their first language.

There is an on-going debate whether students should have assistance with the academic papers–many people say no, however I strongly say yes. Everyone who writes books, papers, articles, etc. for someone else to read should work with an editor. For students, English is not always their best subject although they may excel in other areas. Writing is a skill that must be developed like any other, and one of the best ways to learn how to write well is to work closely with someone who does write well.

Here at Writing It Right For You, we work closely and personally with graduate and post-graduate students on their independent study assignments, dissertations and theses. Many times, we work with students for several months at a time or over an entire university year which is very helpful with continuity. Students qualify for a discounted fee structure from our standard business rates.

If you are a university student looking for professional and personal assistance with your graduate or post-graduate studies, contact us. We will be honored to work with you for your academic success.

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Nov 08

Imitate vs Emulate

You’ve probably heard the phrase: “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.” That phrase is only partially true. “Imitation” is just plain copying. You can imitate someone who has made a positive contribution to society; but you can also imitate someone who has done something silly or foolish.

“Emulation” on the other hand, is considered to be positive imitation. When you emulate someone, you are not just copying his or her actions, you are additionally trying to meet or exceed that person’s achievements or good deeds.

While the two words are technically interchangeable, you can be more specific when you use emulate as it is intended.

If you would like assistance with the best word usage for your needs, contact us and we will be glad to help you!

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Nov 03

What We Do: Speechwriting

When will you need to give a speech?

You’ve been working really hard ALL year, following up with clients, going above and beyond the call of duty, kicking butt and taking names.  Your boss recognizes this and would like to give you an award at the year-end gala…for you to accept in front of your colleagues, friends and family.

You’ve been locked in your dorm room for what seems like your entire college career.  You’ve missed parties, dates and early mornings because your nose has been in a book.  You’ve made Valedictorian!  Congrats are in order! Now stand before your entire class and speak about the world you all will soon be facing.

You have got the answers for all of the questions for the next election. You know that you are the right candidate. You want to get the word out to the people. You need to talk to them. A lot of them. A lot of times.


Did your hands get sweaty? Did your throat tighten at this news alone?  Don’t fret!  The team at Writing It Right for You is here to help!  We will work with you to deliver your thanks, praise, announcements good/bad, or acceptance in a speech tailored to you.

Contact us!

When you work with us on your speech, they’ll like you, really like you!  * Big Smile* *Stage Wave*

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Nov 01

Begs The Question

This is a commonly used expression.  But what does it mean exactly? To say that an argument or point of view “begs the question” means that the argument is assumed to be true without any evidence present to make the case.

Example:  “That car is worth nothing because it’s worthless.”

This sentence is not only redundant, there is no evidence for the argument.  The sentence in the example simply doesn’t have any substance for the reader to believe the point of view.

Example CORRECTED:  “That car is worth nothing because it has worn out brakes and it is older than me.”

Although the corrected example is still vague, there is at least supporting evidence of why the statement is correct.  Often times people think to ‘beg the question’ mean that the statement raises a question; that is not the case.

Provide evidence for any statements that you make; don’t leave your reader or listener “begging” for proof.

If you need writing or editing assistance with the very confusing English language rules, contact the professionals at Writing It Right For You. We’re here to help because “It Matters How You Say It”!

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