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Freelancer Writers - Charge What You're Worth!

Ah yes . . . we work for money, don't we. And we should. After all, you wouldn't choose to spend your afternoon writing a press release announcing ACME Balloon Rental's new vice president of ..
(May 27, 2008)
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Short Paragraphs Attract - Long Paragraphs Intimidate

Paragraphs are wonderful writing tools. They help organize text into succinct units of ideas and information. They also add visual relief by inserting white space into the document and breaking up ..
(May 15, 2008)
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He Said - She Said

"Said" is a good, solid word. Don't look down on it. Some writers - particularly the inexperienced ones trying to sound sophisticated - hamstring their work with a long and weary list of substitutes .
(April 23, 2008)
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Writers - Don't Be Seduced by Photography

My first love was writing. Then I was seduced by photography. I should have resisted. I have always loved photography. No surprise there - like writing, it is creative. But until a few years ago my ..
(May 07, 2008)
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Which Do You Love - Writing or Being a Writer?

The question came early in my career, and it came from another writer. “Steve, " he said, “Do you love writing? Or do you just love being a writer?" I had never thought about it like ..
(May 08, 2008)
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Do You Write With a Keyboard or Pen?

When you write, do you use a keyboard or a pen? Or do you use both for different types of writing? As a full time freelance writer, I have to produce text as quickly and efficiently as possible. That .
(April 23, 2008)
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Well Written or Well-Written?

Is the following sentence correct? This book is well written. Yes? You're right. It's perfectly correct. No broken rules there. Now check out the following sentence. Is it correct, too? This is a ..
(April 23, 2008)
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Writing Tips - Bullets

Bulleted lists are awesome. They organize information. They inject white space into documents, attracting the eye. They kill redundancies. If bullets were outlawed, we'd be endlessly tormented by ..
(December 19, 2007)
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Writing Tip - Decades and Apostrophes

Let's start with a quiz. Which of the following is correct? 1. We did better in the 1990's than we did in the 80's. 2. We did better in the 1990's than we did in the 80s. 3. We did better in the ..
(December 19, 2007)
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Sentence Fragments - Outlaws or Allies?

Most of us were taught to use complete sentences - those that are fully equipped with at least one subject and its accompanying verb - and to avoid incomplete sentence (a. k. a. “sentence ..
(December 19, 2007)
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Writing Tip - Suspense in the World of Hyphens

Just when you're thinking grammar and punctuation are getting a bit boring, along comes the suspensive hyphen. Your hopes rise. You ask yourself, “Can this finally be the flashy little number ..
(December 20, 2007)
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Writing Tip - Don't Ruin Your Image!

Not long ago I received a form letter from an investment firm we deal with. This is one of the top such firms in the world. In the letter was the following paragraph. When I read it, my image of the ..
(December 20, 2007)
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Writing Tip - Quotes In Quotes In Quotes

Everyone knows you're supposed to place quoted material within double quotation marks. No problem there. That's simple. But what happens when there's a quote within a quote? The answer is: Use single .
(December 20, 2007)
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Writing Tip - "Has Got" Has Got to Go

Two phrases should be banished from the English language: 1. has got 2. have got The contraction forms of these phrases - “he's got, " “I've got, " etc. - should also be banned. "Why ..
(January 04, 2008)
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Writing Tip - Be Clear

Clarity is the most important rule of good writing. If what you write is not clear, you might as well not waste the reader's time. Worse, you could do some damage. Take, for instance, a flyer I ..
(December 26, 2007)
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Writing Tips - Proof It!

Writers tend to be their own worst proofreaders. Why? It's probably because when they proof their own work, they tend to sink deep into the more organic issues of their texts rather than restricting ..
(December 26, 2007)
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