March 23, 2021

“Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.” ~Unknown

With the dawning of the COVID-19 vaccines, our change is truly coming. We must approach in baby steps for the ultimate in having. Spring is here and that means getting out more. My only desire is for everyone to remain safe. Let’s not rush this. We have the power to turn this around and thrive with good health. Keep masking, keep distancing, and keep caring for one another. This is far from over with variants popping up throughout the world. Stay vigilant as we move forward. Again, care for one another, and be kind. It is within our power to live for and do good.

Have a great week! Thank you for reading my blog post…

April 29, 2019

Blogs from Carol

Please return for another riveting blog installment this week!

Thank you!

April 20, 2015

Earth Day

Earth Day, brought about by a creative gentleman, Gaylord Nelson, draws millions of people yearly to celebrate our environment.

Plant a tree, clean up a park or beach, visit the Redwoods, take a nature hike, or just learn more about our planet, Mother Earth.

This Wednesday, April 22, is the actual Earth Day. Activities will be enjoyed by many; young and old will observe in many Bay Area parks, classrooms, and places of work.

We will all learn how to better treat our planet by recycling, planting, teaching, and inspiring.

If you are considering new planting, you will need to look at drought-resistant offerings. With California’s water shortage, we are asked to cut back up to 50% in some areas. There are many ways that we can water and plant smart:

  • Place new plants that are only drought-resistant; many new designs can be found to complement your yard
  • Water, only when needed, and only after dark so that the moisture does not evaporate
  • Work with your city, or a qualified landscape designer if needed

The way we treat our planet Earth is up to us. We need to educate our younger generations on how to preserve water, properly reuse and recycle, and clean-up the environment in general. Let’s engage, empower, and educate!

June 19, 2014

Blog – The Write Way …

My son endorsed me for blogging two days ago. I froze immediately knowing that my own blog content needed work. I realized that I need to discipline myself better in my own process and frequency.  Blogging for others is a passion of mine; however, seems to push my own to the proverbial back burner.

To blog about one’s business is for some – a time sucker, or time-waster. Some just aren’t sure what to write. While blogging is a great way to get your content out there (thoughts, dreams, necessary content to promote your business), remember the other ways that might not make you cringe.

Facebook posts, for example, are more social, and fun. If you or someone you know are too busy, or just lack inspired content, “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” ~Emma Lazarus

I’m not afraid to reach out there a bit. Over the years, I have learned to embrace the art of research. Not being afraid to be adventurous helps us to grow, expand, and discover nuances about ourselves that we didn’t know existed.

Lacking ideas? I’m here to help!

Carol Marshall, The Write Business – Champion For the Written Word.

The Write Business offers compelling ideas that help you excel, and propel, to help… you sell!

February 26, 2014

“Who You Gonna Call?” (Ghostbusters Movie)

Well…the Winter Olympics are over; four more years for the Olympians to sharpen their skills.

While I watched the Olympics often, and was excited for the Bobsled, downhill events and speed skating; by the end of two weeks, I’m ready for the Summer Olympics now.   

You can tell me…How do you sharpen your business “skates?” Who guides you in your written content? Is there anyone who flies with you toward your success, or do you just wing it, and merely fly-by-the-seat of your pants?  

Although, written communication is key in all business aspects, many business owners attempt their own content. While that seems noble, and saves money, is it truly prudent? Is that the best practice for your  business? Even writers find it difficult to write about themselves.

Who or what guides you when it comes to the correct grammar and spelling that helps you sound professional and impress your audience? Which lifeline do you use? Do you consult writing manuals, the internet, or do you phone a friend? Who proofreads your content for errors? Who suggests your use of who / whom, who / that, all together, altogether, fewer / less, colons, and semi-colons, for correct usage? It’s your business. How successful do you want to be?

Writing tip:

When using in to and into: The use of into shows entrance.

“Nita stepped into the wine cellar alone.”

The use of in to shows the use of an adverb:  “He ran in to place the report on the desk.”

Read them carefully when using them in their correct form. If you’re too busy – call me. I’ll do it for you…it’s what I do – happily.

December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

It is my pleasure to have worked with you in 2013. I thank you for the opportunity to have written for, edited for, or consulted with you. I have acquired something different from each of my clients: nuances that I will learn from, treasure, and utilize in my steps toward success.

Success is something quite unique for each person. If I have nurtured, educated, acquired at least one new friend, and/or inspired just one person in 2013; I have been successful.

I wish you, my valued clients, a very happy New Year. May 2014 be your year; those sweet 365 days filled with whatever makes you happiest, most prosperous, and awe-inspiring.

In the coming year…soar on the wing of Opportunity!  

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.        

~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

September 24, 2013

Protractors…they’re not just for math anymore.

In finding an old protractor, my question to you is…what do you clean your dryer lint screen with?  I have taken that idle math tool, and gave it a new, important purpose.

In writing that new bio…how are you doing with the one that you’re finding to be a nuisance? Has it been sitting in your computer for a year or more? How functional is that tool for you now? Is it on your website for all to see and read? Is it still waiting for just the right words to finish it off? Put it out of its misery, and let’s start fresh.

If for some reason (no desire, can’t find the words, no time) that you’re just not getting it done, let’s talk about significant verbiage that will set you apart. Written creatively and correctly, your audience will know who you are, where you’ve been, what you do, and the information they need to discern whether or not you can help them. Let’s make you shine!

In doing the math, you will figure out that The Write Business is happy to help with your writing, plus editing projects. I am; however, sorry to say – Laundry Class 101 is still in beta. (Visit again in two weeks for more on Laundry Class 101.)

Thank you for visiting, and remember: “Strive not be a success, but rather to be of value.”   ~Albert Einstein

The Write Business can help you be of value to your clients.


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March 20, 2013

Happy Spring!

“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.

                                                                                                 ~Mother Teresa 


Happy Spring!

December 4, 2012

Email Courtesy

I received an ad from a colleague at the beginning of the week pointing out how print speaks to an audience. How true that is – especially from my (a writer’s) point of view.

Writing is more than dotting your I’s or crossing your T’s. Your message must be one that is clear, concise, and gets to the heart. In an email, the subject line needs a compelling message to guarantee that your correspondence will be read. Try an exclamation, or just say hello along with your recipient’s name.

In the body of your email, as discussed before, avoid contractions. Use them only when you know the recipient well, or have at least had more than one email exchange.

Spelling out the words (cannot, do not, will not, etc.) expresses authority, makes a point, and also, commands respect. Contractions express casual correspondence. They are to be used when you feel comfortable with language revealing friendship, or a budding business relationship.

Keep email correspondence concise, and to the point. Everyone should practice this shrewd statement: “Be brief. Be brilliant. Be gone.” ~Anonymous .

In an email, use the same business courtesy that you would in a letter. Please remember to edit your communications. Involve a thesaurus if you must. Using fewer instead of less (less time to get there, fewer emails in the inbox), who instead of that (who= people, that=objects), myriad or an array of instead of a lot of, and remembering to tighten up your sentences (taking out unnecessary words) will make you sound “smarter than the average colleague!”

For more about email correspondence, feel free to contact me at

If your organization needs a speaker or a workshop, please let me know. I am always happy to accommodate.

September 14, 2012

Churches, and Purses, and Girls, Oh My!

Lessons are learned in myriad of ways. Be grateful for them and the surprises they bring.  Lessons are necessary to move forward.

Years ago as a little girl sitting by my mother in church; I should say, sitting next to my mother’s heavy purse, I loved to go exploring during the sermon. (They were always above my head anyway). It was no mystery what fun things Mom kept in that handbag.

Back in the day, moms carried stuff in their handbags. For my mom it was usually Kleenex, loose coins,  rolls of Certs – the breath mints, rubber bands, (?) emery boards, pencils, sticks of gum, and grocery store and department store receipts – lots of receipts.

Lucky to be seated behind the usual seven-foot tall man; it was easy to grab the goods and investigate. Playing my cards right, I’d score a Certs ®, you know “they’re two, two mints in one.”  ™

Yes, this one Sunday, I hit the jackpot. No, I didn’t find silver dollars; however, the bells sounded in my head at what I did find: pennies, more Kleenex, more Certs, a pen, string, old stamps, and a package of saltine crackers. (Let’s get some good stuff in there that’ll bribe the priest to keep the sermon short).

As were about to leave, I turned to my mom and told her that she had everything in her purse except the kitchen sink. (You might know where this is going).

So, at the most well-attended service, 12:15 mass the following Sunday, I suddenly shrieked, “Hey, I’ve been looking for that!” Both surprised and elated!

What I found in front of the entire congregation, was my priceless, white faux-porcelain, dollhouse kitchen sink! It was in good condition – not mint; however, pretty good-a definite Craigslist item-installation ready.

Being MIA for a few years, where has it been? You know, the house was without water, and we didn’t have bottled then. Dehydration could have set in.

So, after the scream (of how ironic it was that I just mentioned the kitchen sink the week before), I became amazed at how, over the years, it just appeared. (Now, catch the quarter from behind my ear). Where had it been?

The truth is that we put stuff down. Moms usually pick it up. Eventually we learn that you just never know what, where, and when you will recover or discover your stuff. If the stuff you discover is a dormant talent or passion (clothing design, cooking, selling on eBay) explore it, resurrect it. Can you make money with it; can you develop your “stuff” into a business? Is that your intention, or is it just a hobby? If you’re passionate about your discovery, about what you truly want to do with your life, don’t shy away from it. Think about it, go with it. If it’s truly your passion, bring it to the surface. Don’t leave it buried in your purse. 

Let’s talk if you’re not sure how to uncover your passion in life. Experience speaks volumes.