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Original articles from Stefanie Flaxman.
 
Brevity in Writing: Boxers or Briefs?
Effective writing, regardless of the length, utilizes the concept of brevity. A well-written, 300-page novel may actually be brief. The author just needs 300 pages to tell the story accurately. The excessive version might have been 500 pages. Brevity isn’t confined to word count or page length; it’s a writing skill that determines what information is crucial and what unnecessary details should be omitted. A lengthy piece of writing does not necessarily mean that it is better or more profound.

Brevity in Writing: Should You Choose Boxers or Briefs?
Effective writing, regardless of the length, utilizes the concept of brevity. A well-written 300-page novel may actually be brief. The author just needs 300 pages to tell the story accurately. The excessive version might have been 500 pages. Brevity isn’t confined to word count or page length; it’s a writing skill that determines what information is crucial and what unnecessary details should be omitted.

Improve Your Writing, Right Now
You write to convey a message. Don’t let carelessness misrepresent the message that you intend to express. If you incorporate the following guidelines into your everyday — seemingly inconsequential — written communication, then your formal writing ability will become more cohesive, focused, and effective.

Oh No She Didn't: Overcoming Three Writer-Editor Disputes
As a writer, your relationships with editors probably fall into one of those two categories. When you and your editor are on the same page (pun intended), your gratitude toward your “second set of eyes” is infinite. When you disagree, it may feel like the world is conspiring against you.

7 Proofreading Methods for Lazy Proofreaders
Here are seven proofreading methods that help produce error-free writing.

Is Your Writing Bland?
Unfortunately, creativity isn’t always born once you’ve had your morning coffee and sit happily with your fingers resting on your keyboard.

How to Be in the Right Place at the Right Time
If you genuinely care about the job that you do, you naturally will stand out as an asset in that field -- opening yourself up to future opportunities.

The Secret to Executing Your Writing Goals
I won’t leave you hanging. The secret to creating the best possible piece of writing is the ability to believe in yourself.

What Laundry Can Teach You About Persuasive Writing
Persuasive writing should be approached in the same finite number of steps, where a tight, cohesive product emerges from your focused effort.

Three Ways to Perfect Your Résumé
Writing your résumé is scary. You have to contemplate your best qualities and express them in a clear and engaging way. One page must contain information that makes a potential employer want to interview you.

How to Use Twitter as the Ultimate Writing Exercise
Although 140-character tweets may not be for everyone, condensing your thoughts into 140 characters can be a helpful writing exercise. While maintaining proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation, your ideas should be universally understood and autonomous. Make each blurb detailed and clear. Here are three ways that you can benefit from the “philosophy of a tweet” without actually posting anything on your Twitter page.

Proofreading Pointers: Three Ways to Polish Conversational Writing
When proofreading a document, you want to ensure your message is clear. You have an idea in your mind, you transform it into words, and you hope the person reading it understands.

Beyond Proofreading and Writing Help: Life Edits for 2010
It may seem like I’m obsessed with proofreading, but I see opportunities to edit everywhere. Any choice that you make can potentially edit a bad habit—revising and improving it.

Question From a Proofreader: Boxers or Briefs?
Effective writing, regardless of the length, utilizes the concept of brevity. A well-written 300-page novel may actually be brief. The author just needs 300 pages to tell the story accurately. The excessive version might have been 500 pages.

Grammar and Proofreading Challenge
Have you ever received a text message with a sentence that reads something like, “I cant wait to here youre great news!” and suddenly your good news isn’t so exciting any more? You’d rather focus your attention on the multiple punctuation, spelling, and grammar mistakes in your friend’s text. They’re so annoying!

Do You Make These Word Choice Mistakes? Part Too
Do you feel that spark? When you noticed the error in the headline of this article, your brain had a “wait a minute, that’s not correct” moment. It’s easier to spot errors when they are not your errors.

Do You Make These Word Choice Mistakes?
In the current economic climate, you can’t afford to make mistakes. You need a quick fix. There, I said it. Simple, to the point, non-bullshit grammar lessons that you’ll actually remember the next time that you are choosing between Word Choice A and Word Choice B.

The Secret to Perfect Grammar: Learning vs. Memorizing
Grammar is awful. It’s boring. It’s technical. It’s confusing. Learning proper grammar and memorizing proper grammar are different activities. The goal for each task, however, is the same: remember how to use language appropriately.

How to Immediately Improve Your Writing Skills: Two Simple Steps
Writing may occupy the majority of your workday, even if you don’t have the word “writer” in your professional title. From co-worker and client correspondence over email to company presentations, creating text to express oneself is inherent in any type of media job.

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