What Are Transition Words? Transitions, or transition words, are used to connect ideas within a piece of writing. In this article, we'll introduce you to some helpful transitional phrases and explain how to use them effectively.  The Importance and Function of Transitions In any form of writing, your goal is to share...
As many years as humans have been selling their goods and services to each other, business communication has been around. Throughout that time, we've developed official templates for business letters, but we haven't yet established an official template for business emails. This isn't too surprising, considering email only became...
If you could use three words to explain your personality to someone, which words would you use? Maybe all that popped into your head was "I'm a person" or "Need a job." If so, you're in the right place. Writing a bio isn't easy; it's always a challenge to...
When you use the correct tone, your writing can become so much more than words on a page. Tone is what allows writers to build a new world with deeply complex characters. Author and sensitivity reader Dennis Norris II stated that if he remembers the language of something he...
The colon is one of the trickiest punctuation marks. While commas, exclamation points, question marks, and periods are somewhat simple to grasp, the rules around colon usage might seem a bit more confusing. Let's take a look at its function and some examples of various colon use rules.  There are...
Updated 31 August, 2021.  Albeit is an interesting word that can be heard today from time to time. If you wish to add a bit of colour and flair to your writing or speech, adding it could certainly do that. But first, let's learn a few facts about this old conjuction. What...
Full Sentence Direct Quote - Capitalize The First Word: When considering capitalization in quotes, the first rule to remember is - when quoting a complete sentence, you should capitalize the first word, no matter where the quote is placed within the larger sentence.  For example: John said, "If these trends continue, we'll...
We recently published an extensive article on how to professionally end an email. Here, we are going to take another look at the topic, concentrating on the sign-off specifically.  You've crafted your email to be clear and well-constructed. You've edited it carefully. The body of the email may be absolutely perfect,...
Sic can mean several things: An adverb indicating that something is being quoted exactly as is, including any possible errors. Another way to say such in Scottish A verb meaning “to strike” or “to pounce.” As in sic 'em! Sic is that strange little word that tends to lurk within brackets or parentheses and can...
A sentence should be long enough to reach its end, however, you still have to maintain the aesthetic of your writing, as well as balance. Your sentence can be one single word, or it can be extremely long, but what will best engage the reader and retain attention? In most...