Writing

  1. How Do I Write A Good Thesis Statement?

    A thesis statement is the most important part of an essay. It’s the roadmap, telling the reader what they can expect to read in the rest of paper, setting the tone for the writing, and generally providing a sense of the main idea. Because it is so important, writing a good thesis statement can be tricky. Before we get into the specifics, let’s review the …

  2. Is There A Way To Write Without Using The Word “Very”?

    Four little letters: v-e-r-y. While very is indeed a very useful word, when overused, it can make writing sound very boring. Plus, if we write this sentence another way, it can sound completely different: While very is indeed an invaluable word, when overused, it can make writing sound uninteresting and mundane. See the difference? When to use very Very has its purpose as an adverb …

  3. 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 …

  4. 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 …

  5. How Do I Write A Meaningful Holiday Card?

    Just as we look forward to presents and parties this time of year, we can’t get enough of holiday cards! We love them all: from colorful cards sent by snail mail to animated emails to newsletters summing up what everyone in the family has been up to all year. Fun fact: The very first holiday card in 1843 depicted children toasting with wine—oops! But when …

  6. How Do I Write A Letter To Santa?

    Kids’ letters to Santa Claus are one of the most magical parts of the season. They help Old Saint Nick decide just what to deliver, and they give his helper elves on the streets the insight they need to make Christmas wishes come true.  The tradition of writing letters to Santa dates back to the 1800s. Originally, it was Santa who wrote letters to the …

  7. How Do I Write A Thank-You Card?

    Whether you’re basking in the glow of holiday gifts, a fantastic dinner party, or just a kind gesture, there’s nothing better than doubling everyone’s joy with a thoughtful thank-you card. In a world gone paperless, cards are tangible pieces of mail that can brighten up anyone’s day. Not to mention … they’re a warm showing of good manners.  As heartfelt as our emotions of gratitude …

  8. How Do I Write A Résumé?

    When you’re applying to a job, first impressions are important. These days, your résumé or your CV (curriculum vitæ) serves to introduce you and can create a first impression (good … or bad) with a potential employer. That means your résumé has to be stunning in order to stand out. It should provide a concise, clear, accurate snapshot of you—and of course what you have …

  9. Ways To Avoid Using Clichés While Writing

    When it comes to clichéd phrases, it’s time to set the record straight. We all use them (and we just did)! And while they are often seen as trite, overused, or hackneyed language, clichés can serve a purpose. They’re essentially a shorthand (easy way) to express particular ideas or images. However, using too many clichés is a sign of a lazy writer. Clichéd language, plots, or …

  10. How Do I Write A College Application Essay?

    A college application is made up of many different components. You’ve got the transcripts, the recommendations, the exam scores. And, just when you think there can’t possibly be anything else, you’re hit with the essays. Some schools require just one personal statement. Others ask for many. Some, like the University of Chicago, pose “quirky” questions like, “Cats have nine lives, Pac-Man has three lives, and …

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