Assertiveness vs Aggression in writing

Assertiveness vs aggression in writing

When we learn to write essays or anything that’s not fiction, we’re instructed to write in the third person, matter-of-factly. We’re taught to substantiate any claims or opinions we include in our writing with expert evidence or resources written by experts. We are more or less instructed to practice assertiveness in our writing. Nowadays, however, it seems writers are conflating and confusing assertiveness with aggression when they write– especially writers who publish their work online. Why some writers do this may not be confusing. But understanding how writers conflate and confuse assertiveness and aggression in their writing might be. Alas, it’s important to pause for a moment and reflect on assertiveness vs aggression in writing.

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Roe v Wade Write

RE Roe v Wade: Time to write it out

I’m still processing the fact that Roe v Wade was overturned yesterday by the US Supreme Court. No, I’m not surprised–we did have fair warning after all– just processing everything. I’m going to “write it out” as I figure out what to do next, if you will, and you should too. It’s time to channel anger into practical and formidable action. And writing offers the best medium in which to do this.

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writer procrastinating

Procrastinate well, writers

Procrastinating online at some point is inevitable if you’re a writer in the twenty-first century–especially if you use online resources throughout your writing process. But who says your bouts of procrastination have to be a bad thing or deter you completely from writing? There is, I have recently discovered, a tool that can help you procrastinate more efficiently.

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SEO driven writing

Can SEO-driven writing be authentic?

I recently finished reading Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America by Christopher Wylie. And now I’m currently feeling pessimistic about this whole blogging thing, and anything I write and share online in general. But I don’t want to feel this pessimistic about anything I write or publish. So, I am going to try and process it all. And as I process it all, I am wondering: can SEO-driven writing be authentic?

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