By Alison Fortier Bentley definitely prepares us well for the business world with all the GBs and even CDI, but we’re left to figure out other things on our own. For example: writing professionally for day-to-day business. Don’t worry if this part of business isn’t your favorite thing in the world because there are several … Continue reading The Dos and Don’ts of Professional E-mails
We’ve been a little delinquent in posting new material, so I thought I’d get this semester kicked off with a short rumination on why doing some writing away from the keyboard might actually be beneficial, even in this age of digital production. I write professionally. I’m an academic and a playwright. I know a lot … Continue reading Is Writing by Hand Obsolete?
Writing has always been a source of comfort for me—a way to express myself free from the judgment of others. Ever since my mom bought me that rhinestone-studded diary in third grade (yes, I was “that girl”), I have used writing to convert my scattered thoughts into comprehensible beliefs. There is something about just me, … Continue reading The Cover Letter Charade
Great writing transcends mere scribbles on paper when your words speak to the reader, relate to the audience, and take on a life of their own. But even “good” writing by mechanical or syntactical standards can fall short of such a transformation. What can change your writing from dry and monotonous to lively and exciting … Continue reading Are YOU talking to me?
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a blog post about writing well. The following are two tips that I think you might find useful in improving the quality of your writing! Without further ado: Use a variety of sentence types. Variety is exciting. Reading a bunch of long sentences in a row can get tiring and … Continue reading Two Tips to Improve your Writing (Plus Resources!)
After years of schooling that have taught us time and again the proper way to write a formal paper, our creativity can easily be stifled by the complex technicalities of writing. We end up worrying too much about things like the mechanics, structure, and organization of our ideas rather than just outright writing what we … Continue reading How the Rules of Grammar and Punctuation Can Kill a Writer’s Creativity
To: My Ego From: Corporate America Subject: Reality Check Never before having worked in a corporate setting, my internship this summer certainly provided me with a crash course in general office and e-mail etiquette. Here are three questions that I figured out the answers to, and the ramifications of, during my brief 10 week stint … Continue reading Subject: Reality Check (A Few Pointers on Office Email Etiquette)