When to Write Out Numbers

The key to a professional writing project is consistency. Because we can spell or write out numbers, it is important to…

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What to Know About In-Text Citations

When writing research essays or articles, it’s vitally important to make sure all research is cited correctly and…

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Do I Need One Space or Two After a Period?

The “two spaces after period” rule was established during the days of typesetters, when additional space was needed…

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When to Double-Space

Getting “spaced out” over spacing? Here are some quick tips and ideas to help you figure it all out! When…

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Creating Effective Transitions in Your Writing

For writing to flow smoothly, effective transitions are a must. It does no good for you to have the most…

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Using a Thesaurus to Improve Word Choice

Most of us wish we had a better vocabulary and more sophisticated word choice. We usually wish we could find better…

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When to Write Out Numbers in English Writing — Follow These Rules

English has many rules for writing numbers, and just as many authorities disagreeing with each other about them. Here…

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Pre-Writing Using the Stasis Theory

Sitting down to write can be hard, and trying to find a topic worthy of writing about even more difficult. If you…

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Five Editing Tips for Creating Natural Dialogue

Capturing natural speech patterns and conversation on the page is not as easy as it looks. Ironically, the most…

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Examples of Common Mistakes Made When Using the English Language

There are many common mistakes everyday people make in regards to the English language. No one is immune to an error…

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What Is a White Paper and How Do I Write One?

If you’re a freelance writer, chances are high you’ve seen more than a little discussion of white papers and been…

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The Top Five Differences Between British and American English

When writing, especially in a scientific journal, it is prudent to check which version of English should be used. There…

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How to Find Help in a College Writing Lab

Writing assignments while at college or university can be a challenging and potentially frustrating process. Luckily,…

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Top Five Commonly Misspelled Words from Novice Writers

Everyone has it in him or her to write a novel, yet so many people don’t bother. Why not tell your story? There are…

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Proofreading vs. Copy Editing: What’s the Difference?

Summary: To the uninitiated, proofreading and copy editing may appear to be the same thing. But if the writer is the…

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Editing Tips From a Professional Editor

Here are a few professional editing tips to improve your writing. Following these tips can help make your writing a…

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Proofreading Follows Copy Editing: It’s the Little Things That Count

Summary: After the copy editing comes the proofreading. The fine art of catching what else is wrong with a…

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When to Italicize a Title

It is often difficult to sort out when to italicize a title in our writing. There are so many types of content that it…

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What Is Technical Writing?

Technical writing is an umbrella term for numerous types of writing, including theses, dissertations, journal articles,…

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When Should I Avoid Contractions in Writing?

In today’s text-speaking, emoji-using, open world, it's commonplace to use contractions to mimic the spoken word.…

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Doctoral Dissertations

You’ve just spent the last three, four, or more years carrying out the research for your dissertation. Now the time…

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How to Write a Book Jacket Cover

Previously, I covered the why of writing book jacket copy. So now let’s roll up our sleeves and get into how to…

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Three Proven Strategies for Outstanding Essays

Whether you're a great writer or one who struggles, it is always important to improve your skills and take your writing…

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Six Relatively Painless Steps To Writing Your Thesis

You’ve written undergraduate papers and even graduate-level papers. But now you’re getting ready to work on the…

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