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  1. How To Write A Murder Mystery

    Writing a murder mystery seems deceptively simple. After all, the ingredients are practically baked in. You’ve got three essential characters: the victim, the murderer, and the detective. And the plot is straightforward: the victim is murdered; the detective finds out who did it. But don’t mistake this simple framing for a lack of complexity. Within this space, there are countless possibilities. Every element—from the setting …

  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. How To Use Punctuation In Text Messages

    Text messaging just might be the Wild West of communication. As we race to keep up with our messages and text out speedy replies, all the rules of English spelling, grammar, and punctuation seem to go out the window. Want to spell you with just the letter U? Or skip words altogether? (“Sup?”) Go for it! Depending on your audience, that can be totally fine …

  4. How To Write A Cover Letter Without The Words “Opportunity” And “Experience”

    A cover letter is a one-page formal letter to a prospective employer about a position you seek. When applying for a job, you might be asked to provide a cover letter along with your résumé or CV. The two work together. Your résumé provides a dry list of facts about your experience. Your cover letter is your first chance to show the prospective employer who …

  5. 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 …

  6. How To Write A Book Report

    Throughout grade school, your kids may be asked to write book reports about fiction and nonfiction books they’ve read. These assignments can seem daunting—it’s challenging to write a short summary about something as long as a book! But when you break it down, writing a book report is not so different from other types of informational writing. A book report is an informational essay summarizing …

  7. 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 …

  8. How To Help Your Kids 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 …

  9. How Do I Write A Great Female Character?

    Hester, Jo March, Lisbeth Salander, Hermione Granger, Pippi Longstocking. Great female characters abound in literature—though they certainly could abound more! These women and girls come to life on the pages of our favorite books and on the big screen, as they engage, enlighten, and enrage, and inspire us to look at our own lives a bit differently.  But, what makes a great female character? They’re …

  10. How Do I Write A Death Scene?

    If you’re a fiction writer, you know this feeling well: you’re toiling away at your story, charting out your plot and reaching points that will no doubt choke up your reader … when you come to the realization that it’s time for one of your characters to sing their swan song. But how are you going to kill them off? A heroic death by sword …