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How to Create Outlines to Support Your Success

Have you ever experienced stress related to writing? Maybe you needed to draft a proposal or send an email to an important person in your organization. Or perhaps you’re writing a cover letter for a job application. One fantastic way to reduce stress and support successful writing is to use outlines – something I’ve mentioned …

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The Importance of Strong Transitions

Transitions in writing bring your reader along for the ride, making their experience smoother. You’re talking to their brain, more than anything. How do you make strong transitions when writing your article, blog, or website copy? For the writer, these will come largely in the form of transitional words and phrases, also known as transitional …

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How to Write Effective Paragraphs

If someone walked up to you today and asked you to define a paragraph, what would be your answer? Many define paragraphs according to their length, citing how much space a paragraph takes up on a physical page or how many sentences it has. In reality, paragraphs are better thought of as a group of …

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How to Correctly Use Emotional Appeals

Good writing not only appeals to the mind, but also the heart. After all, one of the three forms of persuasion is pathos (defined by Merriam Webster as an element in experience or in artistic representation evoking pity or compassion). Writers may use pathos to provoke sympathy from their audience, often emotions such as pity, …

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Editing for Success

Imagine you’ve completed your first draft to a significant piece of writing. Maybe you’ve finally written that novel. Maybe you’re writing a column for a prestigious magazine or local newspaper. Maybe you’re writing an important blog post that will (hopefully) drive more traffic to your business. Whatever the cause, you have your first draft sitting …

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Pronouns: what are they, and how do you use them?

Pronouns, by definition, replace a noun or subject. Instead of saying Sadie sits down to write content for business owner clients, you could say she sits down to write content for them. Pronouns make your writing sound less redundant – no need to repeat a noun (person, place, thing, or idea which is materially engaging …

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How to Research for Your Article

As you expand your business and create content for it (either through publishing articles, maintaining a blog, or designing a website), research inevitably becomes a valuable tool in your business skill arsenal. While we typically think of research only pertaining to scholarly papers and such, in actuality it forms the foundation of all quality content …

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The Secret to Empowering Your Writing

How do you strengthen your writing so that it is compelling and memorable? The secret is verbs. Verbs are the workhorses of the English language by providing critical sentence structure. Usually, verbs describe actions and come in three tenses – past, present, and future. By using powerful verbs in your writing, you will create content …

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Using Articles to Promote Your Business

Business articles are a fantastic way to promote your business, but what are they? Simply put, a business article consists of content written with the intention of sharing information about your business. The simplest form of a business article is the blog posts, but you can also find business articles in presentations, brochures, flyers, and …

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How to Submit to a Creative Writing Contest

Writing contests can be exciting to enter and frustrating to participate in. The premise is simple: you enter a piece that you’ve polished to perfection and hope for the best. For the serious writer, however, writing contests are an opportunity to sharpen writing skills and gain publicity or professional credibility. If these things interest you, …

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