Repossessing the Possessive

Excessive apostrophe use is one of the most frequent conditions affecting writers today. How would you like it if a dash were to float above your head, looming over you all day long? Well your numbers and letters don’t like it either. In fact the Chicago Manual of...

Writing Strategies for Environmental Professionals

Writing logically, concisely, and with impact benefits the company and the individual author. As a basic tool of business, good writing skills should be part of every environmental professional’s knowledge base. Proposals, technical reports, procedures, and business...

The Three Cs in Technical Writing

Clarity—Clarity means saying what you have to say in an organized fashion. Many writers who have something to say and who arrange their information in a logical manner still have difficulty making their writing clear to the reader. To be clear, sentences must have...

AAA

What does the title mean? No, Not the “American Automobile Association.” Actually, it stands for August Acronym Article, and it contains a few helpful lessons about when and how to use acronyms. The first of which is that you should introduce your acronym in...

Christmas in July

Who decided that December would be the season to give and receive? Aside from that Jesus guy, of course.  I have a present for you even though it’s only July.  It’s not a pony, or a puppy, or tube socks. Unlike a live animal in your house, this gift will save you time...

You’re Not Still Putting Two Spaces After a Period, Are You?

I can’t remember exactly when I started typing. I do, however, remember sitting on an old, worn out couch in my elementary school library with my typewriter for my keyboarding class. It must have been around 8th grade. I don’t know if I’ve picked up a pencil since...