Watercooler

26 Nov 2019

FUN THANKSGIVING FACTS FROM THE WRITERS FOR HIRE

Did you know that the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers? Or how about the fact that the woman famous for writing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was also known as the “Mother of Thanksgiving,” after her four-decade campaign to get the holiday re-instated nationwide? With the first Thanksgiving […]

05 Nov 2019

HOW THE PHRASE “YOU GUYS” CAME TO BE

As a writer, I have always struggled with second-person pronouns. Having spent the last few years working with a Houston-based writing team, I have taken to occasionally using “y’all” in my everyday speech. However, writing “y’all” seems to be too much of a commitment for me. As a non-Southerner, it somehow feels like I am […]

22 Oct 2019

THE BIZARRE WRITING HABITS OF FAMOUS AUTHORS

For even the most skilled writers, it takes a special kind of motivation to turn out literary hits. While some writers may rely on a good cup of coffee, and perhaps some inspirational music, there are others who take a less conventional approach to finding motivation. Take Benjamin Franklin, for example. He felt that his […]

15 Oct 2019

WHY THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS A WRITER’S NIGHTMARE

I have always felt sorry for people who have to learn the English language. For writers in particular, English can be a complete nightmare. Some may say that it can be understood “through tough thorough thought, though,” but let’s face it — English has some really crazy aspects that simply do not make any sense. […]

25 Sep 2019

A WRITER’S GUIDE TO THE DICTIONARY OF THE VULGAR TONGUE

Have you ever heard a writer referred to as a “brother of the quill?” Do you ever wonder where the term “kick the bucket” came from? Or how about the origin of words like punk or fly? It may surprise you to find out that these terms, along with many other commonly (and not so […]

11 Sep 2019

THOU SHALT NOT REMOVE BUILDINGS BY WRITING ON THEM AND OTHER STRANGE LAWS

There is a proverb that states that the pen is mightier than the sword. And I am sure that many writers would agree with that sentiment. Apparently the state of Maryland feels strongly about it, too. So strongly, in fact, that they seem to think the pen is mighty enough to remove a building, simply […]

05 Sep 2019

WHY WE PROCRASTINATE WHEN WE HAVE AN APPROACHING WRITING DEADLINE

Have you ever had a deadline you needed to meet, but found yourself doing anything and everything, except for what you are supposed to be doing? You know you should be writing that final chapter of your book that is due in a few days, but instead you are making yourself busy by cleaning out […]

25 Mar 2019

IS “YOU’RE WELCOME” IN DANGER OF BECOMING EXTINCT?

What ever happened to saying, “you’re welcome?” With terms such as “no problem” and “of course!” gaining popularity in today’s society, it seems that “you’re welcome” is becoming a phrase of the past. But, why is that? Are people nowadays more rude and inconsiderate? Are we, as a society, lacking in proper etiquette? According to […]

10 Sep 2018

FROM YOUR PHONE CAMERA TO A PDF- LIKE MAGIC!

Do you dread wrestling with your difficult scanner? Or maybe you don’t even have a scanner at all. Are you constantly trying to figure out the best way to turn the pictures you take on your phone into presentable documents? If this sounds even a little bit familiar, this Watercooler Writer tip will change your […]

13 Jun 2018

OUR WRITERS’ FAVORITE PODCASTS FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE

If you’ve ever spent a lot of time sitting in traffic, you know that local radio can get pretty monotonous. How many times can you listen to “Meant to Be” before you find yourself wanting to scream, “Let it go! It is NOT meant to be!” And talk radio? That can be even worse! So, […]