Writing a proposal may seem daunting. They are essential to winning new business. There is pressure to create a persuasive pitch that summarizes the value of what you’re offering. The proposal should also show how you can resolve your client’s problems. And all of that information should only take...
Creating solid and effective dialogue in a story can be very tricky; you need it to be clear, you need it to be meaningful, and most importantly, you need it to add something to the story to create depth.  To create effective dialogue, follow some of these simple guidelines: Follow basic...
Did you know you can turn a noun into a verb? This is called “verbing” or “to verb.” If you use a noun in place of a verb, most people will understand what you mean. Verbing is mostly for informal situations. It’s also good to know that some people...
Have you ever had someone help you in such a significant way that a simple “Thank you” seemed inadequate? Expressing gratitude is so important. Its effects on your attitude and outlook can be far-reaching. So, let’s explore some thoughtful and sincerely synonyms to the "express my gratitude" message. Use...
Asterisks are commonly used to refer you to additional information, disclaimers, or fine print at the bottom of a page.  They may also censor swear words. The asterisk is the tiny star (*) icon that shares its home with the number 8 on a standard keyboard's number row. You...
You find yourself contemplating the existence of these word forms: truely and truly. Chances are, you’ve seen each of these spellings before and may wonder which one is proper or whether each spelling has a different meaning. Even though people may say they don’t judge you on your speech or writing,...
Here is a common grammar question: “When do you use hyphens with numbers? For example, is it correct to say 3 feet or 3-feet? And would you write 2 hours or 2-hours?” Here is the rule to learn: You need a hyphen between two or more adjectives that are used before...
Accepting a job offer isn’t always as straightforward as simply saying, “I’ll take it! When do I start?” It’s essential to make sure you and your employer have covered all the bases, and there’s no confusion. It's best to accept an offer for employment with an acceptance letter. What you...
Miss, Ms., Mrs., and Mx. are not interchangeable terms. Addressing someone with the wrong title can be offensive, so it is important to know the difference between these four prefixes. The guide below will describe how they have been used historically and how to use them now. Here’s a...
We use quotation marks for direct quotes, with certain titles of works, to infer alternate meanings, and to write words as words. Block quotations aren't set off with quotation marks. Any quoted text is capitalized if you’re quoting a complete sentence and is not capitalized if you’re only quoting a fragment. Related:...