How to Write When You Can’t Change Things

I led a class for a group of writers who respond to citizen complaints about airplane noise. The writers cannot make the planes quieter, and they can’t make them go away. What can they do? They can respond in ways…

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61 Free Business Stock Images

It can be difficult to find business themed stock images that are not cheesy.

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Things Changed–Is Your Style Guide Up to Date?

While you have been busy working, some of the rules of writing evolved, and the University of Chicago Press released a new Chicago Manual of Style. Take a look at the changes below to determine which ones you need to…

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Timber! (or Timbre?)

I just finished reading another excellent mystery by Louise Penny: The Beautiful Mystery. Penny’s series of Inspector Gamache mysteries, which take place in Québec, gets better and better with each volume. I’m always looking forward to the next one. This…

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I’m Sorry You . . . Did It to Yourself

The other day I participated in an online chat about cats being allowed to roam free in our neighborhood. Opinions for and against piled up minute by minute, with some people expressing strong views. Reading the comments, I noticed this…

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87 Advanced Business Writing Tips [That Actually Work]

I’m excited to share these top 87 business writing tips with you.

They were honed while I studied English Literature and Rhetoric, taught writing at the university level, and worked with thousands of individuals and hundreds of companies to help people write better at work. 

My hope is these tips help you enjoy writing, better communicate at work, get ahead in your career, and grow your business!

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Whistler’s Apostrophe Challenge

I visited beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, last week and loved everything about it–except perhaps for its free-spirited use and avoidance of apostrophes. Its businesses’ signs kept my writing teacher’s mind spinning. Here’s a challenge for you: See if you can…

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9 Technical Writing Tips Every Writer Needs to Know

Technical writing takes high-level details and explains them clearly and concisely to an audience.

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What is the Difference Between Compliment and Complement?


Compliment vs. Complement

The confusion between these two words is so common! There are a few of reasons for this:

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Test Your Error-Finding Skills

Each of the three short passages below has one error in the choice of a word. Can you find all three errors? Test your skills. Passage 1: Bishara’s most recent position was principal designer for Barton and Bloss. In the…

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