Posts by Julie Ryan Evans

  1. Pisces People: These Words Are All About You 

    Just after the last of the Valentine’s Day chocolates have been consumed and the season of Aquarius comes to an end, it’s time for the season of Pisces. Those born between February 19–March 20 are fortunate enough to call themselves Pisces, which is the 12th and final sign of the Zodiac. One of the most recognizable symbols of the Zodiac, Pisces is represented by fish. …

  2. How Not To Write A Work Email: Words To Delete Immediately

    When it comes to writing business letters, there are books, templates, and guidelines galore. Work emails, on the other hand, are a whole new game, relatively speaking. The rules aren’t nearly as rigid, and, in many ways, they’re still being defined. While emails lend themselves to a more casual tone than formal business letters, you do still want to keep your communication professional. This murky …

  3. Activities To Overcome Writer’s Block

    Writer’s block, ugh. It’s one of the most frustrating parts of the craft. You sit down to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, as the case may be), and nothing comes out. Your mind is blank, your thoughts a messy mush of nothingness, and so you sit … and stare some more. It’s a feeling that has plagued writers since the beginning of …

  4. Wise Up To The Difference Between “Knowledge” vs. “Wisdom”

    Is it better to have wisdom or knowledge? Can you have one without the other? And which comes first? If you’ve ever searched for acumen into these two brainy terms, we’re here to help break them down.  Wisdom and knowledge have quite a bit in common. Both words are primarily used as nouns that are related to learning. They’re listed as synonyms for one another …

  5. Are You An Aquarius? These Words Are Calling Your Name

    Just after the season of Capricorn comes to a close, the age of Aquarius is upon us. It usually runs from January 21–February 18. In addition to claiming one of the best songs about an astrological sign ever (“This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius …”), Aquarians are a special bunch.   Aquarius is the 11th sign of the zodiac. Common characteristics often used …

  6. Stop Using These Phrases in 2020 (Use These Synonyms Instead)

    We all misspeak or misuse words sometimes. Maybe we’ve latched onto phrases our parents handed down incorrectly. Or perhaps we picked them up from a movie, television, or social media with no clue they were being used inappropriately—or even worse, offensively.  It’s OK; most of us unknowingly use problematic words and phrases from time to time without thinking about their origins or how they could …

  7. Character Naming Tips For Writers

    Choosing names for fictional characters seems like one of the “fun” parts of writing … until you actually have to choose them. It appears simple on the surface, but there’s a lot more that goes (or should go) into the process than just picking a name you like or a random one out of a hat. While Juliet famously argued that a rose by any …

  8. How Do I Write A Memorable Marriage Proposal?

    Popping the question, asking for one’s hand, plighting one’s troth—call it what you will, but a marriage proposal is kind of a big deal. OK, it’s a mammoth, monumental, massive deal. You’re inviting a person to spend the rest of their life with you, after all (the rest of your life!), so the words you use to propose should be just right.  Some people go …

  9. Dictionary.com’s Winter Break Word Challenges For Kids

    Ah, winter break. That welcome respite from homework, early morning alarms, and packing lunches … well, for about the first four hours anyway. That’s generally when the kids’ cries of “I’m bored!” start echoing through the house, and you contemplate how long you can get away with sending them outside when the weather is something frightful. To stop those cries (or at least dampen them …

  10. How Do I Write New Year’s Resolutions That Stick?

    Quick—what were your New Year’s resolutions last year? If you’re scratching your head, thinking, “Oh, those … ?”, you’re not alone. As optimistic as we are when we make all those grand plans for changing our lives for the better, the fact is those resolutions are easily forgotten shortly after the champagne has lost its fizz.  In fact, according to at least one study, more …