From February, 2018

Overcome These 3 Problems to Stay on Top of Your Writing

When was the last time you wrote a page? Can you recall? Don’t panic if you can’t. So many of us struggle keeping up with writing although many are good at starting it. The truth is writing is a challenge. To write every day or very often is even a bigger challenge. The question then is what keeps us from writing regularly, or writing at all. In my opinion, there are three simple but critical problems which are difficult for most of us to overcome. But, the good news is there are ways to fix them. Let me explain them one…

Essential​ Tips for Learning English as a Second Language

Naila Sahar  Having taught English as a second language in some of Lahore’s prominent universities, I have seen the recurrence of a typical pattern of questions and concerns that my students would raise in the classes. Some of such concerns included their inability to speak fluently in the English language, their confidence levels that had been lower regarding speaking in front of their classmates, and their complaining about not being able to speak in the native accent of English speaking countries. I feel after teaching the English language for 12 years, I am able to identify where the frustration of…

Why Write? Some Reflections

Why write? I have thought about this question for a long time. In my research, I discovered that writing, compared to human existence and world history, is a recent development. The Sumerians in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia -present day Iraq- were the first to invent cuneiform and hieroglyphics systems of writing in 3,500 B.C.E. They used cuneiform for trade and communication purposes. The Sumerians also used it to keep accounts and documents. Scribes were trained in reading and writing. These scribes knew how to use catalogs, libraries, calendars, forms and tables. With time, the usages of writing expanded to many…

Why I Chose to Write about Writing?

I have always been passionate about writing. For last two years, I had a plan to start a blog. I came up with a few topics, such as positive psychology, writing, politics etc., that I wanted to make the focus of this blog. I decided to choose writing, in other words, how to write, as my specific focus. I chose this because I teach writing and also because many young people approach me about writing skills. So, I felt an immense need for this kind of writing activity. I write posts on a variety of topics related to writing skills. From the…