Tag: writing

How to Make the Donuts: Being a Writer

Being a successful writer isn’t that hard. You just have to be very creative, no pun intended. You have to see the opportunities that are available, but don’t always seem so obvious. That’s how you stand out and forge your own way in this world. There are so many writers on the internet and they

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Avoiding Writing Scams

I have been very fortunate in that I have not been taken for a ride yet however it is not for a lack of effort on the part of the unscrupulous. Writing scams abound and sooner or later you are going to encounter one. Bidding for work on eLance and GetAFreelancer is a great source

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Common Mistakes Revisited

I’ve written about common writing mistakes before, in several posts. But the more I read different writings posted all over the internet, the more I feel the need to point out the errors. It’s like the internet has devoured our ability to write. Now, communication is not a problem. Anyone who has been talking in

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5 Reasons to Take a Break from the Keyboard

On a windy Sunday morning, I’m sitting at the PC for the second time of the day. I woke up at 6 buzzing with a slight hangover from the excesses of a boozy Saturday night with my cronies. Several coffees later I sat down to start writing at 8 full of good intentions. The result

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Strunk & White – The Elements of Style

In my quieter moments I surf the internet just like anyone else involved primarily in writing web content. I regularly read CopyBlogger which is a mine of writing tips and resources, but I particularly picked up on a post by Brian Clark bemoaning the adverse comments scattered about blog posts by English usage Nazi’s. I

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Preposterous Prepositions

I’m a fan of Sir Winston Churchill and his acidic quips. I was delighted to find a new Churchillianism as I was perusing The Cassell Guide to Common Errors in English by Harry Blamires. I wasn’t looking for Churchill but engaging in some grammatical self-improvement to pass the two extra hours spent at gymnastics on

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The Writing Process

There is a process to everything we do. When carpenters are ready to frame a house, they’ve already gone through important preparations. When a cook is in the kitchen, she’s already done her homework. Writing is the same as everything else. Even though great writers might seem to skip a few steps or rearrange the

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Using Analogies, Similes and Metaphors

Analogies, similes and metaphors work because they allow a writer to present a complex idea by reference to something that a reader is already likely to know. Plato wrote a work about 2,500 years ago called “Allegory of the Cave” in which prisoners are duped into believing that shadows cast on a wall are in

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Producing Information Products – eBooks

I finally completed the dating eBook, proofed, formatted and delivered with client approval so now I just have to wait for the payment to arrive and then I can get my car out of the garage and back on the road. Ahhh…genteel poverty and the life of a scribbler! Honestly, seeing the 76 page long

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