Sometimes proofreading becomes monotonous and punctuation fades to the back of the mind as this necessary but boring part of writing. But punctuation is more versatile and artistic than we often realize. To give credit where credit is due, we’ve devised a fun punctuating exercise to showcase how punctuation impacts style and voice in writing. [Read more…]
Hyphens and dashes can be easy to confuse, but they have wonderful and unique applications. Learn to use them well and your writing will not only look more polished, but it will take on new vitality and energy. Check out the training below for a refresher on the basics, so your writing can be as dashing as you.
Maybe you bite your fingernails when you’re nervous or binge-watch episodes of “Law & Order” when you should be mowing the lawn. Those bad habits might annoy your spouse, but they don’t jeopardize your writing career.
However, if you occasionally (or chronically) engage in these writing-related vices, you’ve got bigger problems than missing your favorite Jerry Orbach moment.
All punctuation marks exist for a reason. Some receive more criticism than others (Oxford comma, anyone?), but each deserves a place in your work. The challenge lies in choosing the right moment to employ each symbol. [Read more…]
Like we saw in Tone It Down: Making Sure Your Words Say What Your Mean, all writing conveys some emotion or tone. Tone is largely a result of word choice, but it is also expressed through punctuation.
We’re all familiar with punctuation marks and how they should be used, but it’s easy to forget just how profound an impact these tiny little marks can have on the nuances of a piece. Here’s a quick refresher on the subtle—or not so subtle—messages punctuation can communicate. [Read more…]