The Write Blog

26 May 2010

56 GOOGLE SEARCH TRICKS FOR STUDENTS

This article is courtesy of OnlineDegree.net A great list of tips for anyone who does research online. Google has been around for ages, and if you’re just starting college, you’ve probably used the search engine for most of your academic life. But there’s more to the powerful search tool than just typing in keywords. Here […]

25 May 2010

ARE YOU WRITING FOR YOU OR WRITING FOR THEM?

A Tip on How to Balance Good Writing with Good Customer Service I had spiders in my garage. Lots of them. Probably hundreds, to be honest. But they were just in my garage – they hadn’t infiltrated my home. Yet. In fact, I hadn’t seen a single spider in the living room, the bedroom, or […]

29 Apr 2010

AP: GOODBYE “WEB SITE;” HELLO “WEBSITE”

Good news for all word nerds: The Associated Press has finally made the switch from the old-fashioned “Web site” to the simpler, more natural-looking “website.” Yay! To me, “Web site” has always seemed a little stuffy and English teacher-ish. Good for AP to know when it’s time to change things up. According to the AP’s […]

12 Mar 2010

THE MONEY QUESTION: SHOULD YOU INCLUDE PRICES IN YOUR MARKETING MATERIALS?

Should businesses include prices on their marketing materials, landing pages, websites, etc? One school of thought says no – get customers in the door with free offers or discounted pricing, then, once they understand the value of the product or service, hit them up with the prices. That theory can work … sometimes. But hiding […]

08 Mar 2010

AP STYLE FAQS: PART 2

Last week, we kicked off a mini-series of Associated Press Stylebook-themed blog posts. This week, we’re sharing a few more gems of wisdom from The AP Stylebook Online. Q: What’s the rule for capitalizing a person’s title? A: It’s complicated, but here are the basics: AP defines a formal title as “one that denotes a […]

02 Mar 2010

SCREENWRITERS AND WEB 2.0: TALENTVILLE.COM

Since the very beginning of blogging (I’m talking Livejournal and DiaryLand days), writers have been using the web to showcase their talent and get their names out into the world. Then came socialnetworking: The now-obsolete Makeout Club and Friendster. Myspace. And the most popular kid on the block, Facebook. Now entrepreneurs are extending social networks […]

01 Mar 2010

AP STYLE FAQS: PART 1

Does “city-wide” need a hyphen? If you’re writing about a sculpture, should you italicize the title, or put it in quotation marks? The truth is, there’s no right answer. In most cases, style choices like this can vary from client to client. But what do you do when your client has no clear preference? Or […]

17 Feb 2010

DAILY LIT-ERARY THERAPY IN YOUR INBOX

Good writers are generally voracious readers (feel free to challenge me on that claim if you want!). For a writer, reading is just like warming up and stretching your brain before you sprint into a new project. Here’s my favorite way to get a little reading time in throughout the day (which also doubles as […]

08 Feb 2010

POSITIVE VS. NEGATIVE MARKETING . . . AND GAMEFLY’S “BAD GAME” TV SPOT

So, Gamefly.com has been running this ad lately. Check it out: People buy bad video games. They freak out, realizing that they’ve purchased bad video games. They continue to freak out, ostensibly because they’re stuck with their bad video games (and out the 50 to 60 bucks they paid for them). The ad ends with […]

29 Jan 2010

SIMPLE PROOFREADING PROCESS WITH A BIG NAME: RATIOCINATION

Thanks to Alise Isbell for contributing this wonderful post on a very interesting proofreading method. You’re bound to catch more errors if you do this! Ratiocination is a miracle that changed the way I write and edit. While not a professional writer, my company trains people how to write more effectively, and ratiocination helps. Webster’s […]

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