10 Writing Exercises to Tighten Your Writing

Writing projects can be like children. You love them dearly, but sometimes they irritate you to the point that you just need a break. Working on something fresh and new can invigorate your mind and give you a new approach to your work. These exercises can work for any genre of writing, fiction and non-fiction … Read more

Bouillon vs. Bullion vs. Boolean

Don’t confuse bouillon with bullion–one is a soup ingredient and the other is gold. Both bouillon and bullion come from Old French, and in fact the same root word, boillon–which refers to the froth on the top of a boiling cauldron. They are pronounced almost the same: Merriam-Webster says that bouillon should be said BOOL-yon, … Read more

Companies Are It, not They

A common error in modern writing looks a little like this: “Microsoft announced they are releasing a new Xbox console next week…” Since Microsoft is a company made up of many people, it’s easy to make this mistake. But companies are always its, not theys. “Microsoft announced it is releasing…” Another variation on this rule … Read more

Kickstart Your Writing with Nanowrimo

If you find your writing suffering lately–perhaps due to the shifting weather and gray skies–Nanowrimo may be just what you need. Founded nine years ago, the yearly “write a novel in a month” event will have more than 100,000 participants from across the globe trying to write 50,000 words in the month of November. That’s … Read more