Spring Clean Your Writing Style

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The season of renewal has arrived! After you scrub your floors, rearrange your tchotchkes, and clear your closet, take some time to spruce up your writing skills. Whether you are a veteran or green to the writing scene, we all need a grammar refresher from time to time. Here are three quick tips for cleaning up your writing style this spring: Modify Misused Words Self-identified grammar nerds are irked when someone mistakes your and you’re or misuses affect and effect, but what about words that aren’t as obviously confusing? Scan your writing to ensure you don’t get tripped up by [Read more…]

Don’t Forget Grammar in Your Social Media Posts

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Marketers break grammar rules with catchy slogans and tag lines all the time. Unfortunately, those creative liberties have a nasty habit of bleeding into social media posts and updates – a place they simply don’t belong. Spelling and grammar errors in social media posts affect your credibility, making it look like you don’t know what you’re talking about. That’s the last thing a business should portray to potential customers – or a writer to readers. If you use social media to advertise your product or services, we encourage you to take a quick read of the grammar points highlighted below [Read more…]

Practical Tips to Make Sure Your Grammar Skills Stay Sharp

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Being a stickler for grammar is not easy. Sure, you may have been that way for as long as you can remember, but I am sure that if you think about it, you will realize that it did take some work to get where you are right now. You started at some point. You learned – formal or not – one way or another. Good grammar may not cost you a thing in terms of money, but you do have to make a little bit of effort – at the very least – to ensure that you stay on top [Read more…]

Book Review: 37 Things to Know About Grammar

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Readers of the grammar section of FWJ know just how tricky grammar rules and application can be.  It is no wonder that a lot of people have developed an aversion to grammar.  However, we cannot deny the importance of following grammar rules, especially for those who make a living out of writing.  Now what if you had a quick reference guide that you can thumb through for the trickiest grammar points? That’s exactly what I found in Matteson Claus’s gem of a book, 37 Things to Know About Grammar.  Matteson is no stranger to Freelance Writing Jobs, as she has [Read more…]

Parallel Structure in Writing

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Parallel structure, or parallelism, is a basic concept that students learn in writing class.  Over the years, we may forget the term, but the idea should continue to be applied.  Whether you are writing for your personal blog or for a big client, avoiding faulty parallelism can help you get your point across more clearly. I think parallelism comes naturally to most people.  As humans who appreciate beauty and balance, we easily detect if something is off.  Take a look at this sentence: I like to play soccer and swimming. You don’t need to spend minutes going over that sentence [Read more…]

What Is a Comma Splice?

There are certain words in the English language that I love to hear and say. “Splice” is one of those words. I don’t know why, but it just sounds so good to my ears. This post, however, is not going to be about words that you like to hear. It is going to be about this thing called comma splice. What is it anyway, and why are some people so gung ho on avoiding it? Consider this: I woke up at 3 in the afternoon, I was not able to go to church. The two clauses – one before the [Read more…]

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