Tag: writing tips

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Using Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

    Using Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

    I love getting into the nitty-gritty of grammar. The picky stuff. The we-seriously-have-rules-for-that? stuff. Transitive and intransitive verbs are just that. We actually took verbs, cut them down the middle and gave them names. Why? To give eighth-grade teachers something for their pop quizzes. OK, that and the fact that it really does matter for…

  • Commonly Confused Words: There vs. Their vs. They’re

    Commonly Confused Words: There vs. Their vs. They’re

    Nothing will raise more of an uproar on the Internet than using there, their, and they’re the wrong way. If you want to protect your online writing reputation and avoid snarky remarks from your friends, it’s important that you understand how to use these three similar words correctly. There vs. Their vs. They’re at a…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Complement vs. Compliment

    Commonly Confused Words: Complement vs. Compliment

    We’re back trying to unravel the complexities of commonly confused words. Do you have trouble correctly using complement vs. compliment? What about using complimentary vs. complementary? Do you want to learn more about them so you can show off how smart you are to your Facebook friends? Well then, let us enlighten you! Complement vs. Compliment at…

  • 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.…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Because vs. Since

    Commonly Confused Words: Because vs. Since

    “Because I work at home, I never have to shower.” “Since I work at home, I never have to shower.” Is there any real difference between these two sentences? If you said, “Yes,” you’re right! If you said, “No,” I’d say it’s time to take a closer look at the words because and since and…

  • Hyphens and Dashes Demystified

    Hyphens and Dashes Demystified

    During a typical day, most writers work with a ridiculous number of words and punctuation marks that look alike and, for added fun, have similar uses or meanings. Hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes are perfect examples. To me, these punctuation marks reflect either terrible planning or an intentional attempt to drive writers crazy. Even…