Monday’s Mistake for July 19: Titles Tripping You Up? Here’s Help…

Monday’s Mistake for July 19: Titles Tripping You Up? Here’s Help…

This week’s Monday’s Mistake deals with a common error because we don’t seem to know how to properly capitalize the words in a title. As a result, I often see the word “is” lowercase when it should be capitalized because it’s verb…as just one example. Do you see the error in this title? “The” should not be capitalized. If the writer had capitalized “to” as well, it would be okay because we’d have consistency with every word capitalized. Then it would look like:...
Monday’s Mistake for July 19: Titles Tripping You Up? Here’s Help…

Monday’s Mistake for July 12, 2021: How People Get Periods and Parentheses Wrong

Here’s yet another mistake from real life. Do you see the error? “It is true that if you are farming on the moon or in the desert, then hydroponics might make sense (If you have to grow in such a parched landscape.)” It’s a common punctuation error. And it’s about the period inside the parentheses. When you use parentheses, the period goes either inside or outside. How do you know which? If the words inside the parentheses are not a complete sentence, then don’t treat it as such and the period goes outside. If the words inside the...
3 New Rules for Writing Paragraphs in an Online World

3 New Rules for Writing Paragraphs in an Online World

(Originally published August 2017) Sometimes it’s not worth re-inventing the wheel, like this week when I was all set to write about paragraphs and then I read this post on the topic.* Rather than rehash what Mike Blankenship so eloquently said, I’ll sum it up for you below (with his new advice, as his post is recently updated)… In brief, Mike says long paragraphs don’t work in digital. Instead, you need to follow some “new rules”: New Rule #1: Write shorter paragraphs. Not always, mind you, as you’ll see in rule #2, but...
Monday’s Mistake for July 19: Titles Tripping You Up? Here’s Help…

Monday’s Mistake for July 5, 2021: Selling not Selling

The mistakes, they are all around me! Even when I’m in the barn dishing up supplements, I’m confronted with lazy language! And that’s what we’ll tackle in this Monday’s Mistake. Do you see the errors in this? Note: This is from a horse supplements package, and the “blue and orange” wording refers to a map that was on the package. In the first sentence, the mistake is a missing comma after “area.” That’s simple enough. Then I have to admit that–on the surface–the second sentence is not technically wrong. I wanted to say...
7 Ways to Slow Down Life…and How That Helps Your Writing at Work

7 Ways to Slow Down Life…and How That Helps Your Writing at Work

(Pssst: Scroll down for an adorable picture of my horse and puppy!) I had an epiphany while hauling a horse to a clinic the other day: I realized it’s not helpful to tell people to slow down to be better writers. Why not? Because I can’t expect people to slow down just one single part of their lives without looking at the bigger picture of a whole life lived in a hurry. I can’t expect people to slow down just one single part of their lives without looking at the bigger picture of a whole life lived in a hurry. We’re doing everything...