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. How To Set Winning Writing Goals For The New Year

    Setting writing goals is the same as setting goals for anything: it's hard. That's why we asked these writers for their best tips.
  3. 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 …

  4. 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 …

  5. 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 …

  6. 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 …

  7. What’s The Best Typo You’ve Ever Made?

    What's worse than an embarrassing typo? How about one that goes out to your whole company ...
  8. 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 …

  9. Why Do Names Have So Much Meaning?

    The names that we’re given and the names that we give ourselves are pretty darn important. Why do names have so much meaning?
  10. 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 …