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...
If you write a novel set in the future, do you call it the 35th Century? 35th century? Thirty-fifth Century? Thirty-Fifth Century? What about this century?   The short answer is that thirty-fifth century is almost always correct. Exceptions include if it is at the beginning of a sentence or...
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...
When finishing an email or snail-mail letter, the closing provides various opportunities.  Should you use "Sincerely" or the two-word variant "Sincerely yours?" What about "Yours truly," where does that feature? Maybe a simple "Thank you" will be sufficient or should you should express your "Warmest regards." Is there a situation...
Synchronizing is a way of connecting programs and machines. It is usually used in reference to computers. The official definition is “to occur at the same time.” However, the word is usually shortened in common use to either synch or sync. The shorter form is even starting to appear in...
What does "care of" mean in a letter address? Let's have a closer look: Meaning “Care of” means by the way of someone or through someone. It is often abbreviated “c/o.” This is used when something is being delivered to an address where they don’t normally receive mail. It is a...
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...
In an age of texts and email, you might not write many physical letters these days. Even so, the ordinary course of business still requires workers to send mail. To be confident that your letters and packages arrive at their destinations, you need to know how to format an...