Sentence Fluency

Sentence fluency in writing is not only one of the hardest skills to understand but also one of the toughest to master. It is also a skill that should be possessed by both writers and editors alike. Sentence fluency is an ability that can be the difference between getting a positive reader response and getting the text thrown in the trash. It is more than just knowing how to write complete and grammatically correct sentences. Sentence fluency requires that the variety of sentences used flow together easily, smoothly, and even musically. That said here are some helpful tips on how to master sentence fluency. This infographic is courtesy of Smekens Education Solutions.

Sentence Fluency

Block Got Your Tongue?

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Ah, writer’s block. You’re bound to deal with it sooner or later. It may be a brief afternoon, it could be a few days, maybe a couple months. And no matter how long it is, it feels like it is going to last FOREVER.

Don’t worry! Even though there is no clear end in sight, writer’s block doesn’t last forever.

But are there ways to to help conquer the obstacle that is writer’s block? Absolutely! This article from Business 2 Community provides 4 tips on getting through the thick of writer’s block. However, drinking 8 pots of coffee won’t work (trust me).

Happy writing!

Personal Branding: A Guide

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Personal branding is a way of thinking of oneself as a brand, especially within the realm of the Internet; almost everyone has some sort of online presence. We have our Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, Instagram accounts, and Twitter handles and all of these help build (consciously or not) a personal brand.

We all have projected images of ourselves on the web, and people are going to draw conclusions about us based on what we post. As such, we have quite a bit of control over our online appearance and can guide our personal brand in any way we choose.

So, how should one cultivate their personal brand? Forbes has a list of seven practices to help one control one’s personal brand, number one being to literally think of yourself as a brand. How can you market yourself according to your goals? When someone hears your name, what do they associate with you? By asking yourself these questions, you can efficiently navigate your way to building a solid personal brand.

With the various portals of social media available today, there are certain strategies tailored to each outlet. For example, Mashable recommends several practices for using Twitter in building your personal brand, such as  completely utilizing the bio section of your profile. This is a prime area for starting to introduce the Internet to who it is you are and, therefore, is crucial to successful personal branding.

Whether you choose to actively grow and cultivate your personal brand or not, it’s definitely interesting to know that our filtered lives will affect our actual lives, too.

Balancing Your Blog

Blogging is difficult. It is crafting an audience worthy read on a regular basis. It is storytelling and it is a business, which is why the line between personal and professional is a very thin one. Good blogs have a balance between establishing themselves as professional authorities and creating a sense of community with their audience. However, if you sway too far in one direction then you are limiting your viewing public. This article is a compilation of pros and cons of personalization versus professionalism in writing blogs as well as a few of the author’s own suggestions for starting and maintaining a healthy balance for your blog.