Use Adverbs with Caution

Use Adverbs with Caution

I could have written “cautiously,” but I didn’t want to be guilty of using an adverb before I’d even begun the body of the blog post. I say “guilty” because adverb overuse is one of the cardinal errors of writing. What Is an Adverb? Adverbs provide additional...
Book Marketing Made Easy

Book Marketing Made Easy

Here’s a big fear we all have when it comes to writing a book: What if no one buys it? When I interviewed potential authors about their fears, they cited book marketing, and lack of sales, as big concerns. While that is always possible, with a little planning and...
$10 Million for a Missing Comma – Yikes!

$10 Million for a Missing Comma – Yikes!

If you think punctuation isn’t important, you might want to rethink that attitude. Or ask Oakhurst Dairy of Portland, ME, how they are currently looking at the punctuation element known as the Oxford comma. The missing comma was way more expensive than a missing herd...
What Is the Em Dash, and Why Should You Care?

What Is the Em Dash, and Why Should You Care?

This is an em dash:  — It has the approximate width of a capital H. The poor em dash is  perhaps the most misunderstood and misused of all punctuation marks. Used well, it adds emphasis and precision to your writing. This form of punctuation is a newcomer to the world...
Tips for Accurate Writing

Tips for Accurate Writing

People who write well easily convey their ideas and increase their influence. Poor writing makes you stand out – in an unpleasant way. Here are some tips for accurate writing to help you pick the right word or use that pesky semicolon. Please note that some of the...
Pick the Right Word

Pick the Right Word

People who write well easily convey their ideas and increase their influence. Poor writing makes you stand out – in an unpleasant way. Here are some tips for smoother writing and picking the right word. Easily Confused Words: Insure, Ensure, Assure Insure relates to...