From July, 2018

10 Questions Writers Should Ask Themselves Every Day​

The following ten questions apply to all writers, but some may be more relevant to you than others. Are you challenging yourself continually to search for new ideas and write about them? Without search and curiosity, it is difficult to bring innovation and creativity to writing. If you are keen, ideas are everywhere to find. John Steinbeck said, “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” Are you thinking about what it takes to serve or inspire a change in the world through writing? It is essential to…

Tips on How to Write a Personal Statement

Admissions for graduate school in the West require applicants—both for Master and Ph.D.— to submit a personal statement among other things. Without it,  admission is impossible. If you have ever applied for a scholarship or to a graduate school, you know what we are talking about. For those of you who have not heard about it,…

Essential Tips and Tricks for Writing

Yesterday, I was invited to give a talk about writing in a pre-academic training program to a group of graduate students from Kazakhstan at Saint Peter’s University. Usually, international students with a modest background in the English language are required to attend the pre-academic training before starting their actual degree programs. The pre-academic sessions are designed to address the inadequacy of fluency in English, which includes writing, reading and speaking. Although some of these students were admitted to excellent universities such as Columbia, New York University and Cornell University, they were still required to go through the training. I talked to the group about…