The Importance of Reading for Writers

reading-for-writersJust like visiting art galleries helps artists hone their craft, the same goes for reading for writers. Of all languages ever spoken, English contains the most words (over 250,000). That leaves us with the biggest capacity for vocabulary. Isn’t that a wonderful thought? That really makes it a waste not to indulge in the beauty of words. Especially if you’re a writer.

What was the last good book you read? If you had to think about it, it’s been too long. Writers should always be reading. Exposure to good writing will make you better at it. To fully benefit from this influence, you should be selective of what you read. Only feed your subconscious with words worth being there. Because once they’re in there, without even thinking about it, you’ll start using them in your own writing. (more…)

Incorrectness: When It’s OK To Be Intentionally Wrong

wrong-writingSometimes it’s OK to use words that aren’t real words or be grammatically wrong on purpose. Whether for stylistic reasons of for comedic effect, there are times when you can get away with being deliberately incorrect and not have proofreading or editing services call you out on it.

Typically, incorrectness dwells in works of fiction and opinion pieces (like online articles, blogs, etc.) where setting a specific tone and writing in a specific style is necessary. There is a fine line to pulling this off successfully, though. And you need to be very obvious about it. (more…)

Conjunction, What’s Your Function?

conjunctionConjunctions are a quintessential part of our everyday language. Being one of the nine parts of speech (along with nouns, verbs, articles and such) their job is to connect.

Unfortunately, conjunctions are frequently used the wrong way. It happens so often that you’d need an extra strong magnifying glass to spot it (or a really good proofreader). Lucky for you, we’re here to clear things up when it comes to conjunctions. The following are the different types of conjunctions and when to use them. (more…)

Beware the Buzzword

buzzwordsWe’re all guilty of throwing a buzzword in here and there. And with their prevalence in everyday language nowadays, it’s hard not to use them.

So what are they? Buzzwords are industry terms that sound important or technical, and are used to impress a usually uninformed audience. Words like synergy, bandwidth and value-add are popular buzzwords. Now, as impressive as these may sound, it’s hard to decipher what they really mean. That doesn’t sound very user-friendly, does it? (more…)