Words of Wisdom
Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
Never use a long word where a short one will do.
If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
Never use the passive where you can use the active.
Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
Dr. Candace Hastings is the director of the Texas A&M University Writing Center, where she supervises daily operations, including hiring and training writing consultants. Her passion is working with graduate students trying to write theses and dissertations by running dissertation writing workshops and facilitating graduate student writing groups. Executive Director Valerie Balester jokingly calls her “the dissertation whisperer.” Prior to her arrival at A&M, she served as the dean of distance education at Blinn College where she developed the program from the ground up. Before moving into administration, she taught undergraduate composition and literature courses for twenty years at community colleges in both wired and unwired environments. In addition, she is a visiting assistant professor at Texas A&M University in the department of Educational Administration & Human Resource Development. Her research interests include writing centers, academic integrity, and faculty development. As Candace Schaefer, she is the co-author of the Creative Writing Guide, published by Longman.