Writer’s Resources

16 Jun 2010

FIND ACRONYMS IN MS WORD DOCUMENTS

A great tip from our friends at Shae Writing: This is a quick and easy way to find all the acronyms in an MS Word document. Remember that this command searches for consecutive capital letters, so it cannot distinguish between ‘SCBA’ and ‘DO NOT.’ For Word 2003: 1. Open the ‘Find’ window (Ctrl + F). […]

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 Jan 2010

PUTTING THE KIBOSH ON CHILLAXING, CZARS, AND MORE

I don’t know about you, but I gag just a little when someone talks about a ‘teachable moment’ – and, evidently, so do the folks at Lake Superior State University. Teachable moment is just one of the entries on LSSU’s 2010 list of words that should be banned from our vocabulary due to “mis-use, over-use, […]

07 Jan 2010

BOOKS FOR WRITERS: SIX BOOKS TO INSPIRE AND INFORM

Need a creative boost? A good laugh? A few style pointers? Maybe you’re into science fiction or mysteries. Perhaps you prefer nonfiction or graphic novels or biographies. Or fantasy novels. But whatever you’re into, if you’re a writer, you probably love books about writing. This week, I thought I’d share a few of my recent […]

21 Dec 2009

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

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

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 […]