Dashes and hyphens look to be similar punctuation marks, but they play different roles. Knowing the difference can add clarity to your meaning. A dash sets off information that needs emphasis; a hyphen joins words that are used together to form an adjective. The dash...
In corporate writing, technical writing, or public relations writing, using overly complex words to sound impressive doesn’t work, according to a psychologist who asked readers what they thought. People can strengthen their professional image through their...
Avoid the widespread tendency to capitalize common nouns. Not everything has an official, formal name, but many writers think that if it’s something special, it should be upper case. Writers routinely uppercase names of committees, projects, departments, titles...
Grammar purists bristle when they hear the plural they used to refer to one person, but the usage is likely to stick, because it’s a convenient answer to a vexing writing problem. When you don’t know if someone is male or female, you need to find a...
The writing craft requires that you think like both a writer and an editor because at the end of the drafting process, the two tasks are intertwined. Writing has three phases: drafting, revising, where you make changes and rewrite, and then editing. Many people think...
Whether you are crafting a story, a blog post, or a substantive email, focusing your writing gives you a sense of where you are going. Many messages and articles have you scratching your head as you move into the third paragraph wondering, why is she writing? what is...
If you are trying to persuade someone on a topic that you are knowledgeable about, convey your expertise up front. …
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