Writer’s Resources

27 Feb 2018

WORD TIP OF THE WEEK: FORMAT PAINTER

If you’ve ever copied content from one document and pasted it into another, you’ve probably had to go back to fix the formatting so that it matches. There are a couple ways to get everything uniform, but none of them are as good as Format Painter. This single button makes tedious formatting a breeze. To […]

20 Feb 2018

WORD TIP OF THE WEEK: USE YOUR CTRL BUTTON

This week’s tip isn’t specific to Microsoft Word – but it sure makes typing in Word a lot faster. Learning a few control button commands will keep your fingers on the keyboard instead of drifting over your computer’s touchpad. Here are a few of our most-used CTRL button functions:   • CTRL A to highlight […]

12 Feb 2018
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WORD TIP OF THE WEEK: ADD ANOTHER LANGUAGE TO SPELL CHECK

Are you tired of Word giving you a long errors list because you use languages other than English in your writing? If you’re a science writer who uses a lot of Latin words, or anyone else who uses dual languages in your writing, then you can speed up the spell-checking process with the Languages feature. […]

05 Feb 2018
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THE FINESSE OF DEALING WITH DIFFICULT CLIENTS

We all dread those emails. The ones where you can almost hear the client yelling at you through the computer screen. When those emails arrive, it’s hard not to immediately jump on the defensive and start to fight back. However, addressing those situations in a professional and polite way is imperative to maintaining good client […]

15 Jan 2018
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THE WRITERS FOR HIRE: A LOOK AT 2017

Two-thousand seventeen was an exciting year at The Writers For Hire, Inc. We celebrated some big milestones and witnessed our community come together in amazing ways, during a time of crisis. At the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in May, we had a great time chatting with O&G industry representatives from Houston and around the globe. […]

04 Jan 2018
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FINDING OLD COPIES OF PUBLICATIONS IN A DIGITAL AGE

So, you’re trying to find copies of old magazine and/or newspaper articles. Easy, right? Ha! That’s what you think. A few months ago, I was given the task of tracking down some old magazine and newspaper articles for a book project we were working on. Given that the articles were to be included in the […]

11 Dec 2017
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THE ART AND SCIENCE OF RFP WRITING

We’ve written quite a few blogs about how to craft a thoughtful, well-organized response to a request for proposal (RFP). If you’ve ever been tasked with responding to an RFP, you know that proposal writing takes a staggering amount of work, and just the right balance of art (writing and communication are definitely arts) and […]

08 Sep 2017
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HOW TO HELP HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

Since Hurricane Harvey brought record rains to greater Houston, people throughout the country have been looking for ways to help flood victims. During this special radio interview, Wintress Odom of The Writers For Hire suggests effective ways to do that. Wintress also describes the program that she and her husband, Sean Odom, started to buy and […]

26 Jul 2017
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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS WITH OUR SENIOR EDITOR STEPHANIE HASHAGEN

Since joining The Writers For Hire (TWFH) 10 years ago, Senior Editor Stephanie Hashagen has learned something important about herself. She can write about almost anything. Some of the weird and wonderful topics Stephanie has tackled during the last decade include the health benefits of beets, machines used to clean oil and gas pipelines, how […]

30 Mar 2017
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IS TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING STILL WORTH IT?

“Writing a novel is like driving at night in the fog,” E.L. Doctorow once said. “You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” But when you finish a book, those headlights may fade out. You face a question the muse can’t answer: Should I seek […]