Why do you write?

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Writers have different reasons for picking up a pen and making it a profession. It happens differently for everyone. But for me, I think Sylvia Plath perfectly sums it up. I want to have lived my life to the fullest and get to write about it. (To write it well if a pretty sweet bonus.) There’s a shame in experiencing so many good stuff but not knowing how to express it in words.

It started with keeping a diary when I was in middle school, then moving on to have a blog when I reached high school. There’s something incredibly fulfilling with telling my story and having people read about it. I guess this is the main reason why I love reading memoirs and auto-biographies, especially of authors I admire. I love reading them talk about their lives beyond the pages of their novels and short stories. There’s something uniquely interesting with learning how writers have lived.

I am far from being eloquent enough to make my life sound engaging or even the slightest bit exciting. But I plan to read as many memoirs and to live as much as possible to make sure that my life is one for the books. I hope that’s not wishing for too much. But it definitely is one of my biggest dreams to write a memoir. I just hope that I’ll have enough material to write about.

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How to Avoid Stress of Paper Editing

Everything that involves writing produces stress even with the simple paper editing. But of course, there will always be effective ways to relieve the stress you feel when doing it. Editing is a process in writing that is said to be encouraging more stress than research and writing because you are checking everything one by one. Editing ensures the quality of the writing piece before it can be published. The following can help students edit their essays, research papers, and thesis as well as writers in editing books.

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Have a break, have a coffee, chocolate, or why not a vacation? It is important that you do delightful things during a tough work. But most just prefer to relax mind and body to avoid stress and sickness. Stress can make anyone ineffective for work. It can also give someone sickness that can stop them from making it through the editing process.

Indulge yourself with your favorite food or something sweet that can give you pleasure while editing your work. It is advisable to eat healthy too when doing such stressful activities. Sometimes, when someone works too hard, healthy food is just enough to avoid possible result of working hard like stress.

Don’t stay too much on your workplace. It’s suffocating. Go out and breath some fresh air. Be inspired by the things you can see, hear and feel. To see beautiful things can make you feel relieve. This can also give you ideas and motivation you can apply when you go back to work.

But don’t be too complacent. Remember you are not done yet. It is important to take breaks but don’t make it too long that you can no longer meet the deadline.

The Social Media Citation Guide

It is undeniable how sites like WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, and Instagram play both a communicative and a constructive role in important societal matters. Despite this, it took some time for the academe to take seriously the informal world of social media.

As it seems that social media will only play a bigger role in future research of all disciplines, it is just right to learn how Facebook posts, tweets, YouTube videos, etc. should be cited in academic publications.

Here is what I found in researching how to cite social media using the MLA (Modern Language Association) Style and APA (American Psychological Association) Style in scholarly writing :

Blog Post

MLA :: Last Name, First Name. “Title of the Blog Post Entry.” Blog Title. Publisher. Date posted. Web. Date Accessed.

APA :: Last Name, First Initial. (Year, Month Date). Title of the Blog Post Entry. [Web Log Post]. Retrieved from http://thewebsite.com

YouTube Video

MLA :: Title of Video. Date of Publication of Video. Youtube. Web. Date Accessed.

APA :: Last Name, First Initial. (Year, Month Day). Title of video [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/specificURL

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Tweet

MLA :: Last Name, First Name (Username). “Enter the tweet message here.” Date posted, time viewed. Tweet.

APA :: Twitter handle. (Year, Month Day). Enter the tweet message here. [Twitter post]. Retrieved from http://twitter.com

Facebook Post

MLA :: Last Name, First Name. “Enter Facebook post here.” Facebook. Date posted. [Date accessed. <web address>]

APA :: Username. (Year, Month Day). Enter facebook post here. [Facebook update]. Retrieved from http://facebook.com

E-mail

MLA :: Last Name, First Name. “Subject of Message.” Message to Recipient’s Name. Date of Message. Email.

APA :: In text citation only (personal communication, Month Day, Year)

I hope this guide will be of help to you in your academic paper writing. Avoid plagiarism! Always observe proper citation. 🙂