Why is formatting important?
It’s hammered into our heads that we need to learn all of these different formattings when we write our papers for school and for most of us we think: why should I bother? I’m never going to use these ever again in my life! Prepare yourself… here come a big surprise. A lot of researchers, scientists, and many more use these different methods to make their papers clearer for the public. Those who use APA are writer and students in: Social Sciences (Psychology, Linguistics, Sociology, Economics, and Criminology), Business, and Nursing. Those who use MLA are students and writers in various humanities like: English Studies – Language and Literature, Foreign Language and Literatures, Literary Criticism, Comparative Literature, and Cultural Studies. Those who use Chicago Manual formatting for: social science publications and historical journals. Each style has a particular use in each of the different areas. APA is really good because it gives an Abstract, a summary of what the whole paper is about. MLA is a more artistic format, it flows like a story, which is probably why Literature groups like it. The best thing about Chicago Style are the footnotes and endnotes cited at the bottom of the pages and in the bibliography. It helps avoid plagiarism and give insight to what the author wants to say.
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**In my Creative Writing class we’re required to write for 45 minutes during class. I was giving a prompt to write whatever in the form of a script. What do you think? Tell me in the comments Below!
(Brothers enter a cave covered in old seaweed and rotten fish. The smell is atrocious. The thicker one is holding a map, double-checking that this is the right place)
Ran: (holding nose) That’s nasty! Man I can’t do it, you know I hate the smell of rotting fish.
Tithrone: (nods in agreeance, then takes out a handkerchief to cover face) Come on, let’s go.
Ran: Are you sure this is the right place?
Tithrone: (muffled) Yeah, it has to be somewhere in here, the map so.
(Starts to look around cave for hidden crevasses)
Ran: -sighs dramatically- Bro, we’ve been at this for hours. Can’t we just go home?
Tithrone: You can if you want to, but you’ll never find out what Poseidon left hidden here.
Ran: (grudgingly starts to look around) Why would he leave it in a cave? Poseidon is a water creature.
Tithrone: Exactly, that’s why no one would ever guess.
Ran: What are we even looking for?
Tithrone: A button…. Or a removable stone….
(Brothers rummage around)
Ran: (removes some seaweed off a rotting fish, gas is pushed into the air) (feels as if he’s about to barf) I can’t handle this….
Tithrone: Got it! (puts finger behind a stone and it clicks)
(A portion of the cavern wall slides open to reveal a passageway, Tithone slips inside. Reluctantly, Ran follows. The walls are covered with moss and there’s a dripping noise further down the hall. As soon as they step forward, Ran steps on a stone that triggers the stone wall to close behind them. The smell of fish disappears also, replaced by mold)
Ran: Well this isn’t much better.
Tithrone: Well at least we’re getting somewhere. (Walks further down the hall)
Ran: (Reluctantly follows) You still haven’t told me what we’re looking for.
Tithrone: There’s a legend that Poseidon loved a neried named Nerites, but so did Aphrodite. Nerites was a beautiful neried with much skill with horses and ships. He was sought after by many minor gods for his skills. Nerites decided to reject Aphrodite because he and Poseidon had a thing and Anteros was born. Aphrodite was so jealous that she turned him into a shellfish and adopted Anteros, treating him just as well as her son Eros. Poseidon mourned Nerites death and put him in a cave where he could be taken care of in his shell-like state.
Ran: So Nerites is in here?
Tithrone: He supposed to be.
Ran: (getting nervous) Bro, I don’t think we’re supposed to be here… Poseidon will kill us when he finds out that we disturbed his lover’s grave…