Category: Writing Tips

  • What Are The Qualities of A Good Writer?

    What Are The Qualities of A Good Writer?

    In the world of literature and communication, the art of writing is something that few master. Whether you’re crafting captivating stories, conveying complex ideas, or simply expressing thoughts and emotions, good writing has the power to inspire, educate, and connect people in a way that normal conversation or movies can’t. But what exactly sets apart…

  • How Long Is 500 Words?

    How Long Is 500 Words?

    For most marketers, business owners and content managers, staying within budget is a very real thing. You’ve been given X number of budget dollars to bring in X amount of revenue. As content marketing continues to establish itself as a worthy investment of marketing dollars, you’re likely to wonder what word counts get you the…

  • She, He, They, Xe: Learn All Pronouns for Genders

    She, He, They, Xe: Learn All Pronouns for Genders

    When you learned about pronouns in grammar school, you probably didn’t think they’d play a role in everyday life. However, as times and society’s understanding of gender has changed, pronouns have taken center stage, especially in writing. As a genderfluid writer, I have a special interest in learning and using all pronouns for genders. Just as I…

  • How To Single Space After a Period the Easy Way

    How To Single Space After a Period the Easy Way

    Were you trained to use two spaces after a period when typing? Well, rest assured that you’re probably not the only one. The fact is that many people have been trained to write this way (even yours truly). But did you know that current AP Stylebook rules are to single space after a period? What…

  • Avoiding Sexist Language in Writing

    Avoiding Sexist Language in Writing

    Recently, my two-year-old son has learned that there is a difference between boys and girls. A few weeks ago, my husband was explaining that Connor and Daddy were boys, but that Mommy was a girl. While he listened, Connor seemed genuinely embarrassed (if that is even possible for a toddler), and quickly exclaimed, “Mommy is…

  • 12 Styles of Poetry

    12 Styles of Poetry

    When you’re talking about styles or types of poetry, you’re probably talking about either form or mode. Form has a relatively strict definition. It’s the shape of a poem — the way the content is organized in the time, imagination or page space it occupies. Mode can be a little harder to pin down. If…

  • 8 Weak Phrases To Avoid in Writing

    8 Weak Phrases To Avoid in Writing

    Previously, I discussed several weak words to avoid in writing. I discovered that just like cutting calories, cutting words isn’t easy. However, the results were so effective that I decided to strengthen my writing by focusing on weak phrases, too. Weak Phrases You Should Avoid Here are some of the most common weak phrases you…

  • Refreshing Your Writing With Synonyms

    Refreshing Your Writing With Synonyms

    I think that using poecilonyms is one of the easiest ways for writers to make their work seem more intriguing and professional. If you’re bracing yourself to learn about some new writing technique or complicated literary device, relax. “Poecilonyms” is just another word for synonyms, which you already work with on a daily basis. Why…

  • Generic Words To Retire

    Generic Words To Retire

    My high school creative writing teacher (a shout out to Ms. Grant!) once told me to stay away from the adjective beautiful because it is overused and became meaningless as a result. I’ve thought about her advice numerous times over the years, and as an editor, I’ve seen firsthand how writers fill pages with empty expressions.…