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Novel Writing 101: 3 Tips on Writing Your First Novel

As a first-time writer, starting that first sentence of your novel can be a daunting task. Unlike writing short stories where it’s relatively easier to track down the plot and make changes where necessary, some novels go on for over a hundred pages. You have to worry about continuity, logical coherence, character development, and basically

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Gifts, Presents, and a Brief History on the English Language

Have you ever wondered why the words “gift” and “present” are so different yet mean the same thing? Sure, they’re sometimes used in different contexts (people say “the gift of life” but never “the present of life” and a present (object) shouldn’t be confused with the present (time)), but generally, both mean the same thing:

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Explaining “Vive La France!” and Why France Is a Very Patriotic Country

Each country has its own culture of showing patriotism. Many countries that were previously colonised but gained their independence centuries ago still continue to celebrate their day of independence. In countries like South Korea and China, citizens opt for traditional attires over western-style clothing for formal events. And in some countries, citizens prefer to speak

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Which, Either, Or, or Nor: How to Ask Between Two Choices

It’s easy for native English speakers to understand the rules and nuances of the English language, which is why we never really think that learning the language is difficult. But in truth, seeing that the current English language is simply the bastardized mix of languages from all over the world, if you look at the

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Career

Mr., Ms., and Mrs.: How to Use These Titles Properly

Plenty of English and non-English speaking civilizations use titles when addressing other people as a sign of respect. For the most part, we don’t notice when we call someone a Sir or Mr., suffix a PhD at the end of someone’s name when writing their academic accomplishments, or address a person by their profession because

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man in suit

Pink Collar vs. Blue Collar vs. White Collar Jobs: Definition & Examples

When you enter the workforce, you may find that your occupation puts in you multiple categories. If you’re a teacher in a public high school, for example, you’re a part of the education sector as well as the government employee sector. Or if you’re a freelance artist, you technically don’t fall under any sector but

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network administrator in the server room

Network Administrators Earn $67K, But Certification May Increase That

A network administrator role often serves as the entry-level way for non-IT professionals to start a career in the IT field, without settling for a meager salary at the same time. The national average salary for network administrators costs slightly above $67,000 per year. Experience determines the actual compensation, so anyone with no IT background

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Novel Writing 101: 3 Tips on Writing Your First Novel

As a first-time writer, starting that first sentence of your novel can be a daunting task. Unlike writing short stories where it’s relatively easier to track down the plot and make changes where necessary, some novels go on for over a hundred pages. You have to worry about continuity, logical coherence, character development, and basically

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How to Say No for People Who Are Terrible at Saying No

I – and I know many others – are terrible at saying no. When posed with a request we know that we want to turn down, we’re so sensitive of how others are going to react that we either awkwardly beat around the bush or ultimately end up saying yes at our own expense. It

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Education

Gifts, Presents, and a Brief History on the English Language

Have you ever wondered why the words “gift” and “present” are so different yet mean the same thing? Sure, they’re sometimes used in different contexts (people say “the gift of life” but never “the present of life” and a present (object) shouldn’t be confused with the present (time)), but generally, both mean the same thing:

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Explaining “Vive La France!” and Why France Is a Very Patriotic Country

Each country has its own culture of showing patriotism. Many countries that were previously colonised but gained their independence centuries ago still continue to celebrate their day of independence. In countries like South Korea and China, citizens opt for traditional attires over western-style clothing for formal events. And in some countries, citizens prefer to speak

READ MORE

Which, Either, Or, or Nor: How to Ask Between Two Choices

It’s easy for native English speakers to understand the rules and nuances of the English language, which is why we never really think that learning the language is difficult. But in truth, seeing that the current English language is simply the bastardized mix of languages from all over the world, if you look at the

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