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Common Writing Errors: Don’t Make These Mistakes

Common Writing Errors: Don’t Make These Mistakes

In an age of texting and emoticons, it is easy to make writing mistakes. When communication can be as brief as “?,” grammar may seem like something that only old and uptight people find necessary. (Like me.) At some point this may become true, but we’re not there yet....

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Top 3 Grammatical Mistakes

Top 3 Grammatical Mistakes

Avoid these top 3 grammatical mistakes if you want to present yourself as a skilled writer. Use of the apostrophe Last week I was setting up books on a table for a book sale. One of the books I came across was called “Cave of the Bat’s”. I was horrified, not by the...

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Filler Phrases Freedom: How to Make Your Writing  Lean

Filler Phrases Freedom: How to Make Your Writing Lean

You've heard people use filler phrases when they talk: "Um", "Well", "Really", or "Like". Are you guilty of using filler phrases in your writing? I heard about a writer who set the goal of removing one unnecessary word from each paragraph of her book. At last count,...

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Can You Make Me Eager to Read Your Article?

Can You Make Me Eager to Read Your Article?

You can write the best story ever told, but without a good headline, I won't read your article. Experts estimate that 80 to 90 percent of people who read a headline won’t go on to read an article because the headline didn’t grab their attention. That doesn’t mean that...

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Make Your Writing Lean

Make Your Writing Lean

Bloated writing, like a bloated stomach after a big meal, can put you to sleep. Is your writing lean? Have you ever read a piece of writing that bored you without your knowing why? You started reading it because you had an interest in the subject, but you found...

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How to Use Lists in Your Writing

How to Use Lists in Your Writing

Why should you use a list? Lists improve the readability of your material. They make it easy to cluster information in a format that can be quickly scanned. Also, lists are useful for breaking up a long sentence into a more reader friendly format. Readers appreciate a...

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Tips for Natural Sounding Writing

Tips for Natural Sounding Writing

How can you achieve natural sounding writing? Imagine you are in a restaurant with a friend. You’ve just seen a technical report you want to share with your friend. As you explain the results, your friend asks questions which takes you deep into the conversation and...

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How to Edit Your Own Work

How to Edit Your Own Work

You’ve written a report, speech, newsletter, or other document. You’ve put a lot of time and thought into it. You have an investment in it. Now you need to edit it. You can find lots of practical advice about how to edit your work. However, none of these suggestions...

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