Since You Asked…

“I write because nobody listens” seems to fit the bill for the writers of the world. We find that our voices may seem small, or go unnoticed, until we put the pen to paper. Once our thoughts escape our minds, pass over our mouths, travel to our hands, and become written words, the world seems …

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ampersand

The Secret Life of the Ampersand

Did you know that the English language and the Chinese language have a commonality? The Chinese language is represented by characters, or logograms, which are symbols that represent whole words. The English language’s unofficial 27th character is a logogram, and it’s called the ampersand. The ampersand is a symbol that represents the word and. This …

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[WRITING] 10 Redundant Words That Are Redundant

George Orwell said, “If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.” However, we hear certain redundant words and phrases used so often that they start sounding okay to us. Here are 10 redundant words and phrases that you should delete whenever possible. 1. Years’ Time He intends to retire in three …

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chopping block

Chop Up Those Sentences

Want to make your writing easier to digest? Make your text more accessible and engaging by chopping up long sentences. Long sentences usually contain numerous ideas. Even the grammatically correct ones can be too complex to hold a reader’s attention all the way through. If you break them up so that only one or two ideas …

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Writing and Editing

Don’t Edit While You Write

Don’t edit while you write! This sounds like quite a simple editing tip, but it’s one that can make a huge impact on your writing efficiency and even quality if you can master it. Basically, stop second-guessing yourself or thinking about the end product as you write. Just put the words on the page. You …

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Writing and Editing

Hyphens, En Dashes, and Em Dashes—Oh, my!

Everyone needs a break now and then, and sentences are no different. Most writers already have a handle on how to use commas and periods to break up text and give the reader a chance to breathe. However, one of the most overlooked and least understood punctuation marks is the dash. Dashes are multipurpose tools …

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Eighth Grade Reading Level

How to Write for an Eighth-Grade Reading Level

When writing documentation, marketing content, or training materials, keeping the audience in mind is an important step in producing effective content. Sometimes, you may be asked to limit your writing to a specific reading level so it’s accessible to a broad range of users. You can monitor the reading level of a document by turning …

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AP Style vs. Chicago Style

Top 5 Tips to Edit and Write in Chicago or AP Style

As a writer, it can sometimes be difficult to transition between writing styles and formats like Chicago style and AP style. For example, I could be asked to write a press release, and then move on to a software documentation project. Although most of the grammar and mechanics are the same, certain styles have particular …

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tech writing best practices

Technical Writing Best Practices

There are many opinions about what good technical writing is. Some focus on the importance of consistency and style, and others on the quality of the writing. In every case, technical writing should always be clear, concise, and easy to use. ProEdit’s technical writing services reflect the industry’s best practices, such as: Analyze the audience. Write …

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