How Passive Are You?

How Passive Are You?

Active Wording Attracts Readers Passive sentence construction drains the power and focus of your writing. and for many of us, it is so natural that we don’t realize we are doing it. Engage your readers with active voice and reduce your use of passive voice....
Writing Tips: How to Polish Your Writing

Writing Tips: How to Polish Your Writing

These basic writing tips help you become a better writer. People are writing more now than ever before. Whether it’s writing emails, stories, books or blog posts, you must know the basics of writing. Don’t show your writing inexperience by making rookie mistakes....
5 Common Grammatical Errors

5 Common Grammatical Errors

After proofreading thousands of reports, I prepared this list of 5 grammatical errors. Do you want to present yourself a well-qualified communicator, one who understands how your clients, both internal and external, scrutinize every word you write? Here is what NOT to...
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...