Writer’s Resources

21 Dec 2009
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NEW WAYS FOR WRITERS TO THINK ABOUT CREATIVITY … AND WHY YOU SHOULD GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK

It’s sometimes hard for clients and copywriters alike to remember the writing process: It’s one part hard work (sweat on the keyboard), one part art. And sometimes, the “art” part can be hard to pin down. You’re blocked, distracted. You’ve had a bad morning, you’re stressed out about something … but you still need to […]

15 Dec 2009
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COMPOSE VS. COMPRISE?

Here’s just one more example of two words that are often used interchangeably – and incorrectly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen something like: Our IT department is comprised of five full-time experts The book is comprised of three sections Image via Wikipedia It’s a widespread assumption that “compose” and “comprise” basically […]

04 Dec 2009
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WE ARE NOT HIRING AND WE DO NOT EMPLOY MISSY HERB – JOB APPLICATION SCAM REPORT.

There is someone who is “spoofing” our email address (or at least that’s what my website host tells me). They are pretending to be us, sending out emails saying that we’re hiring and then asking people to fill out a rather suspicious form. My host tells me that the emails are not coming from our […]

01 Dec 2009
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THE WRITE BLOG ROUNDUP

So, turns out there are more than one of us: The Write Blog — by Jeffrey Berman. Great info about the writing business and lots of great interviews with scriptwriters. Do you have a Write Blog? Tell us about it!

25 Nov 2009
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NEW WORDS FOR 2009: “FRENEMY,” “STAYCATION” AND “GREEN-COLLAR”

Okay, so if you’re like me (read: if you’re a big word geek), you kind of look forward to finding out which of this year’s “it” terms make the transition from blogs and pop culture to bona fide dictionary entries. Merriam-Webster just released their list of words that will be included in the updated 2009 […]

09 Nov 2009
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YOUR PAYCHECK VS. YOUR CONSCIENCE: SHOULD YOU TURN DOWN UNETHICAL PROJECTS?

You’ve probably seen those documentary-style anti-tobacco ads – the ones where a slick and smiling executive grills a series of job applicants about their qualifications. The questions start innocently enough – there’s usually a discussion about the applicant’s previous advertising work or basic office skills like typing or filing — and then the interview takes […]

16 Oct 2009
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HOW TO WRITE 50,000 WORDS IN 30 DAYS, MAKE NEW FRIENDS, AND SQUASH WRITER’S BLOCK

Image via Wikipedia Dust off your laptops, start doing some preliminary research, and clear your schedule for November: The beginning of next month marks the 10th anniversary of National Novel Writing Month. Here’s the deal. Anyone can participate (you just need to register on the NaNoWriMo site). Writing begins Novembers 1st and ends November 30th […]

05 Oct 2009
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STARBUCKS’ NEW INSTANT COFFEE AD: LOVE IT OR HATE IT?

In an earlier blog post, I cautioned against ad campaigns that were too trendy or topical, but Starbucks’ new “Via” TV ad is an edgy, hilarious example of why it’s sometimes okay to buck convention. In addition to promoting their new instant coffee, Starbucks takes on a touchy (and waaaay timely) subject: town hall meetings. […]

24 Sep 2009
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BANNED BOOKS WEEK: SEPTEMBER 26 TO OCTOBER 3

What do The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The World According to Garp, and Of Mice and Men have in common? They’ve all been banned. At one point or another, somebody (or a group of somebodies, as is often the case), decided that these books – and hundreds of others – should be removed from […]

20 Sep 2009
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DID YOU KNOW ERNEST HEMINGWAY WORKS FOR US?

Ok, I don’t know who did these guys’ mailing list, but this actually came to The Writers For Hire address. Of course, yes, we ARE that great. But, to quell the rumor before it runs rampant: No Hemingway does not work for us.