Nobody wants to be known as a boring conversationalist, and one way to avoid that reputation is to steer clear of predictable speech patterns. Do you overuse the phrase "per our conversation?" Here are five less frequently-used variations to try out! As Mentioned As Agreed Following our conversation Pursuant...
Reading and writing are the first things that we are taught in school. They are the basis for understanding and learning all other subjects. Also, they are essential for navigating day-to-day life. However, a common complaint emerges: school does not teach usable skills. We’ve all heard about the fact that...
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...
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...
Did you know that alright is not an accepted spelling of all right? Although one can see the one-world spelling in informal writing, editors (as well as teachers) will always mark it as incorrect. In order to properly use the expression, one must separate the words: all right. Perhaps the first time you encountered...
A paragraph should be comprised of six to seven sentences. No wait, it should actually be no more than three sentences long. Actually, what really constitutes a paragraph is a topic sentence, a few supporting ones and possibly a concluding sentence! Sigh. Can this paragraph end yet? Count Ideas, Not...
When you write something, it needs to follow a certain flow. While this can certainly happen automatically, you can improve the flow of your writing by paying close attention to your techniques. Here are a few tips on helping you write with rhythm:  Keep Shifting Phrases and Words When writing, keep...
Placeholders names are terms that you can use instead of words that seem irrelevant or easy to forget. Placeholder words have various functions in different categories. Placeholders Names in Everyday Life When communicating in a relaxed social situation, one can address a person using colloquial stand-ins like Mac, buddy, guy, pal, and fellow (or fella) when unaware of...
Getting right into it, the words between and among are very different. Here’s how: Between:  When referring to a one-to-one relationship, that’s when you can use between. Among: When referring to relationships that are not indistinct or nonspecific, you can use among. Now that you’re aware of the main difference between the...