Writer’s Resources

01 Dec 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

01 Sep 2009

MISUSED QUOTATION MARKS ARE “BAD”

When it comes to writing, there are dozens of rules just begging to be broken. Some are flexible and give you a little wiggle room — like hyphenation or deciding whether to use the comma before the “and” in lists. But there are other grammar rules that you just don’t break. You don’t tweak them; […]

14 Jul 2009

RECESSION, ADVERTISING, AND OPPORTUNITY: FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Seems like when the going gets tough, the marketing budget is the first thing to get the axe. And, at first glance, the logic makes sense – after all, when money’s tight, isn’t it more important to keep the business you already have instead of dropping buckets of cash chasing new clients? Well, yes and […]

08 May 2009

KILLER TIPS FOR STREAMLINING YOUR COPY, PART 1

As any writer knows, getting that first draft down on paper is only half the battle. Whether you’re writing web copy, a sales email, or a journalistic article, chances are, you and your editing team will go through a few rounds of tweaking and fine-tuning before your work is really done. So, I’ve decided to […]