quick ways to make your writing more concise
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Quick Ways to Make Your Writing More Concise

Most of my business students struggle with making their writing more concise because they’re so used to writing in an overcomplicated way. This is either because that’s what they think writing should look like or because they’re used to trying to hit a page count. Complicated and/or ornate language doesn’t automatically make the writing good. …

the mark of zorro 1920
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The Superhero Project: The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Some of you might be saying, “Erin, you announced this project over a month ago. Why are we just getting our first post now?” Because I spent time watching and researching The Shadow Strikes (1937) only to discover The Mark of Zorro (1920) and, since I’m doing this in chronological order, I had to go …

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The Number One to Improve Your Writing (Except Actually Writing)

There are many ways to improve your writing such as practice, starting a writing group, and specific exercises. But there is one way to improve your writing that most people talk about but don’t explain how to properly do. Reading is the best method to improve your writing, but you’re shouldn’t just read passively. By …

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The Superhero Project and the Superhero Movie Evolution

When it comes to the superhero movie, it feels a bit like “I know it when I see it.” However, it’s more complicated than it sounds. If you don’t count James Bond, do you count Black Widow? Do you include Star Wars? Do you include all movies based on comic books regardless of content? I …

1 Thing to Think About Before You Kill a Character
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One Thing to Think About Before You Kill a Character

So, I’m sitting in the theater watching Deadpool, and it’s just started. It’s pretty good so far. You know, it’s Deadpool. Violence. Hilarity. Inappropriate jokes. Then, (spoiler alert) they suddenly kill Vanessa, Deadpool’s girlfriend, and the movie immediately loses my favor. I just talked about this idea in my Thanos post, but, apparently, we need …