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Word Play

Words are the basis for written communication, but they can also be so much more. Word Play provides resources and tips for improving your written communication and for having fun with language. We hope you will be motivated into greater self-expression. Be merry and PLAY!

Improve Your Vocabulary and Transform Your Life

“Without language, we find ourselves living in a state of emotional chaos. Our brain has given us the potential to communicate in extraordinary ways and the way we choose to do so can improve the neural functioning of the brain. In fact, a single word has the power to influence …

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A (Very) Short History of the English Language

Brian gives an overview of how English developed from a relatively obscure Germanic language to the global language we know today and will give some insight into why English has some of the oddities it does in spelling and pronunciation. Watch the recording of the Online Coaching & Sharing meeting …

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365 Creative Writing Prompts

Not sure what to write? Check out this list of 365 creative writing prompts to get you going. A great way to get you writing about something different every day! Outside the Window: What’s the weather outside your window doing right now? If that’s not inspiring, what’s the weather like …

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Discover Your Writing Voice

You may be wondering to yourself: what is a ‘voice’ in writing? Much like with your actual voice, a writing voice is something this is unique to you. It makes your writing distinct and recognizable to others when they see it. And once you develop your voice, it will make …

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Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors by Bill Bryson

I love Bill Bryson. And he’s from my home state: Iowa! He has a unique and wonderful writing style. His book Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors is a useful guide to many problems encountered by writers and editors of English texts. What’s the difference between “immanent” and “imminent”? What …

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Knowing Your Audience

Know Your Audience So you’ve decided you want to write something. What now? Well, before you get started, it’s important to know your audience, to know who you are writing for. Whether it’s a formal letter, a report, a friendly email or the next great poem, you need to know …

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