Monthly Writing Professor Q&A with A.J. Ogilvie
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Monthly Writing Professor Q&A with A.J. Ogilvie

ProWritingAid Presents: Ask a Writing Prof: How to Boost your Business, Studies, or Career in a Practical Way with Exceptional Writing On the third Wednesday of every month, the ProWritingAid community is invited to join Andrew (A.J.) Ogilvie, PhD, Professor of Business Communication for an in-depth training and Q&A. A.J. Ogilvie, PhD A.J. Ogilvie, PhD, Read more

Grammar Tips: What Is a Present Participle? | Proofed’s Writing Tips
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Grammar Tips: What Is a Present Participle? | Proofed’s Writing Tips

3-minute read Present participles are a key part of English grammar. But what exactly is a present participle? And when do you need one? In this post, we’ll explain the basics. What Is a Present Participle? Present participles are a type of verb. Most are formed by adding “-ing” the end of a base verb Read more

How to Create an Inclusive Workplace and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line
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How to Create an Inclusive Workplace and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line

You can hire the best employees in the world, but if the work environment is not inclusive, they will leave. Diversity and inclusion are key factors in fostering a positive work environment. An inclusive workplace makes all employees feel valued. Their differences are acknowledged and greatly contribute to the company culture and business outcomes. When Read more

Ignite Your Creativity: The Best Music to Listen to While Writing
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Ignite Your Creativity: The Best Music to Listen to While Writing

If writing is a fire, music can be the lighter fluid. For some writers, there’s nothing like a good song to ignite their creativity. If that sounds like you, this article might help improve your writing playlist. If not, maybe I’ll inspire you to switch on some tunes next time you write. One note before Read more

How to Fictionalize Your Home Town for Your Story Setting
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How to Fictionalize Your Home Town for Your Story Setting

Is Your Town the Perfect Setting? You’ve always thought that bar on Main Street where the old-timers and the lowlifes hang out together because there’s a pool room in the back would make the perfect setting for your neo-noir novel. Or maybe the feud between the Townies and the Farmers at the high school is Read more

Writing Tips: A Beginner’s Guide to Rhyme | Proofed’s Writing Tips
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Writing Tips: A Beginner’s Guide to Rhyme | Proofed’s Writing Tips

4-minute read Rhyme and rhyming words are common in English. You might even want to use this technique in your own writing. But how does rhyme work? What types of rhyming are there? And where is it used most often? In this post, we explain the basics. What Is Rhyme? Words rhyme when they end Read more

Effective Leadership: How to Use Framing to Communicate Strategically
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Effective Leadership: How to Use Framing to Communicate Strategically

How Framing Can Move Clients, Colleagues, and Employees to Action If you were to ask any leader, “Is a key part of your job persuading people?” they would resoundingly answer “yes.” But if you were then to ask, “What kinds of strategies do you use to persuade people?” it’s unlikely they’d be able to name Read more

Why All Leaders Must Be Great Storytellers
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Why All Leaders Must Be Great Storytellers

Anyone who’s ever been a leader, manager, coach, or teacher can tell you that motivating people is one of the hardest things about leading people. You might have sales goals that you want your team to hit, or you want them to buy into a particular mission for the company—yet getting them to meet those Read more

Why Leaders Must Harness the Power of Language
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Why Leaders Must Harness the Power of Language

There is no shortage of articles offering advice on how to be a great leader. Many of these articles focus on how leaders can build trust, improve decision-making, and increase innovation, among other topics. Yet what few of these articles discuss is the inextricable and critical link between leadership and communication: or in other words, Read more

Lonely? 7 Ways to Stay Sane When Working by Yourself
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Lonely? 7 Ways to Stay Sane When Working by Yourself

When I started writing full-time in the spring of 2008, I was living alone in an apartment building. One month after I started, I graduated college. At the time, I didn’t have a girlfriend. And because I was starting out as a writer with no savings, I didn’t have a lot of spending money. While Read more