The Write Blog

19 Nov 2018

THE WEEK IN GOOD NEWS

I think we can all agree that it is important to stay up-to-date on what is going on in the world. From television newscasts, radio programs, and newspapers to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; there are endless ways to get real-time updates on local and international news. All of those news outlets tend to have one […]

19 Nov 2018

THE RESEARCHER’S GUIDE TO SCREENSHOTS

As writers, we often need to capture information from sources: online, print, and interviews to name a few. When you are on the computer, you can record your findings in your favorite word processor; for print, you’ve got the good old copy machine, with OCR if you’re lucky. And for interviews, of course, we have […]

13 Nov 2018

PUBLISHING INS AND OUTS: PROCEED WITH CONTRACT CAUTION

Long hours and late nights of pounding the keys have finally resulted in something monumental–a book! You’ve finished your manuscript and even scored interest from a publisher or two. What’s not to like? You could get used to this author life. But wait! Before you start counting those dollar signs in your bank account without […]

05 Nov 2018

OUR WRITERS’ FAVORITE WORD OF THE WEEK? SYNESTHESIA!

Today we found a new word! Synesthesia! Synesthesia is a rare neurological sensory phenomenon that causes people to experience unique perceptual cross-overs. Do your numbers or days have colors or personalities? Do certain words taste sweet to you, while others are bitter or sour? Or do you see colors when you hear music, see abstract […]

05 Nov 2018

ETYMOLOGY OF ORANGE- WHAT CAME FIRST, THE COLOR OR THE FRUIT?

Have you ever wondered where colors get their names? Why is yellow called yellow? And why is red called red? The answer is that they are just basic words. These words were given to each color, in order to describe a whole range of shades associated with them. And the different shades associated with each […]

29 Oct 2018

COMMONLY USED PRINTING AND PUBLISHING TERMS

To a first-time author, few stages of the book-writing process are as overwhelming as publishing and printing. You’ll make decisions about everything from cover art to paper quality. You’ll have to decide which printing option is right for you and your readers. You’ll need to have opinions about whether you want a prologue or an […]

23 Oct 2018

THE HARVEY MEMORY PROJECT

It’s hard to believe that it has already been more than a year since Hurricane Harvey dropped more than 30 trillion gallons of water along the Texas Gulf Coast, causing immeasurable amounts of destruction and devastation. To those who experienced the disaster firsthand, memories of those days (and the months of recovery after) are burned […]

23 Oct 2018

THE SHORT STORY ATM

Gone are the days when it was common for Americans to sit around and read for pleasure. Whether it can be attributed to our busier lifestyles or our lack of attention spans, it is estimated that Americans only read for pleasure an average of 17 minutes each day. In fact, the percentage of Americans who […]

16 Oct 2018

MICROSOFT WORD TIPS FOR WRITERS … *MAC EDITION*

A little while back, we compiled some “Word hacks” that our writers have learned over the years of working with Microsoft Word. But we realized that Microsoft Word is, like all things, different across platforms. So not to be left out, our Mac users piped up with tips and tricks of their own. PC users […]

09 Oct 2018

GRADUATION SPEECHES IN 50 WORDS OR LESS?

Graduation is an exciting time. Whether you are the one getting the diploma, or you are supporting a loved one from the audience, graduation is a celebration of years of hard word and a future full of opportunities. But, let’s be honest. Sitting through long graduation speeches can, at times, be excruciating. What if there […]

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