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...
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...
Your goal with every writing assignment, from an email to a proposal to a detailed report, remains the same—communicate data and your ideas about that data. Every part, from words to appearance, of that written communication contributes to the effectiveness of your work. This even includes the font you choose,...
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...
First and firstly are both ordinal adverbs, or ordering adverbs, that English writers or speakers use to itemize related points (e.g., first…second…third… or firstly…secondly…thirdly…). Because first, second, and third work quite well as both adjectives and adverbs, some people find that adding -ly is redundant and even a little...
The subjunctive mood is the verb form utilized to explore hypothetical circumstances ("If I were you") or to express a wish, demand, or suggestion ("I demand he be present"). What Is "Mood?" Mood is what form that a verb takes to show how it is to be regarded (as a fact, a wish, a...
Parallel sentence elements in grammar are like parallel lines in geometry: they go the same direction but never meet. More accurately, in grammar, it’s less about meeting and more about the balance. In grammar, Parallelism is defined as two or more phrases or clauses in the same sentence with the...
The symbol used for the word and (&) is called an ampersand. It is a logogram (also called a logograph), which is a written symbol that stands for an entire word or phrase. The ampersand's origin is the Latin conjunction "et," which means "and." This symbol (&) is a ligature...
A situation where you'll often have to make a judgment call regarding comma usage is when using the phrase "as well as." Normally, you don't need to include a comma before the phrase.  As Well As "As well as" is a conjunction.  It means “in addition to.” Please proofread for spelling...
A metaphor is a figure of speech. They help to explain an idea or make a comparison. They describe an object or action in a manner that isn't literally true, but gives the reader a clearer view of the author's perspective. Here are some things to know about metaphors: Metaphors state that...