Joan Didion: on Writing


“Grammar is a piano I play by ear, since I seem to have been out of school the year the rules were mentioned. All I know about grammar is its infinite power. To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed. Many people know about camera angles now, but not so many know about sentences. The arrangement of the words matters, and the arrangement you want can be found in the picture in your mind. The picture dictates the arrangement. The picture dictates whether this will be a sentence with or without clauses, a sentence that ends hard or a dying-fall sentence, long or short, active or passive. The picture tells you how to arrange the words and the arrangement of the words tells you, or tells me, what’s going on in the picture. Nota bene.

It tells you.

You don’t tell it.”

Why I Write: Joan Didion on Ego, Grammar, and the Creative Impulse


Essential Academic Words

Psst! Prompt got you down?

this hw looks hard


Oftentimes, we can get bogged down by the sheer language behind assignments. Here’s a list of commonly used academic terms in essay writing and their descriptions to help you out.

Moving forward with your writing

ToClimbAHill-web3The writing process can be arduous at times, but it is a craft that reflects the effort you put in. With perseverance and goal setting, you’ll surprise yourself at what you can create.


for full comic, see How to Climb a Hill

Fallacy Man

An exaggerated take on fallacies, enjoy! 


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