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21 Feb 2019

AUTOLOGICAL WORDS: WORDS THAT DESCRIBE THEMSELVES

As writers, we are passionate about words and language. Oftentimes, when we come across a word that we have never heard before, we immediately want to know not only the meaning, but also the history of the word. In most cases, as with most words, the actual meaning of the word has nothing to do […]

19 Feb 2019

COFFEE – THE KEY TO WRITERS’ SURVIVAL

Some things just go together: peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, the sun and the moon…writers and coffee! There are numerous possible reasons as to why coffee has become the “nectar of the writer” over the years. Perhaps it is the boost of energy and stimulation from the caffeine. Maybe it’s the flavor of […]

12 Feb 2019

HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT TONE AND VOICE IN WRITING

As writers, we are always trying to make sure that our work reflects our clients’ unique and authentic personalities. It’s important that the things we write do not sound “cookie cutter,” or too generic. At the same time, though, we want to make sure that our writing is relatable and entertaining.   But, how do […]

31 Dec 2018

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM 10 GREAT WRITERS

Some people are naturally gifted writers. They don’t have a fancy education. They haven’t spent endless hours and money taking classes to learn how to write well. They are just good. They simply have an incredible talent for the written word that the rest of us can only sit back and envy. But have you […]

03 Dec 2018

THE 17TH-CENTURY PREPOSITION RULE

If you are a stickler for correct grammar (or happen to know someone who is), then you have probably heard the rule about not ending a sentence with a preposition. But where did this rule come from? (Or, perhaps we should be asking, “from where did this rule come?”) And is it really a rule? […]

26 Nov 2018

PICKING THE BEST FORMAT TO WRITE YOUR LIFE STORY

You’ve had an interesting life, and you want to share your story with the world. You want to share lessons learned, leave a legacy for your family, or preserve favorite memories. You’ve thought about writing a book more than once, but you’re not sure where to start. In fact, you’re not even sure what kind […]

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 […]

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 […]

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