Writer’s Resources

06 Sep 2010
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“PORING” VS. “POURING”: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

This question came up during a round of in-house editing this week, so – of course –I wanted to share: Complete this sentence:  I spent hours  _______ over the pages of the magazine. A.)   poring B.)   pouring The correct answer is A, “poring.” “Pore” means to study or read something with great care.  You’d pore […]

15 Jul 2010
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SIX QUICK TIPS FOR BETTER CONVERSION RATES: DIRECT MAIL AND MARKETING EMAILS

Unsolicited marketing materials – direct mail and sales emails targeting new customers – generally have low conversion rates.  Your artfully crafted letters may end up in the trash unopened, andyour emails might go ignored for weeks. Image via Wikipedia Before shelling out money on postage or spending time on an email to drum up new […]

24 Jun 2010
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USING FACEBOOK AS A TOOL FOR WRITERS

It’s no secret that Facebook is a social networking tool that most of us use to keep up with personal contacts. And we’ve seen over and over again how businesses are using Facebook as a social media tool to successfully network with clients and customers. Which got me thinking – how can writers harness the […]

16 Jun 2010
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]