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Surrounded by Writing Prompts

Elderly man on park bench

Observe your world. Look at the old man on the park bench and imagine him as a boy. What choices or circumstances changed his dreams and brought him to whom and where he is today? Ask yourself, what is he looking at? What does he see?

The Holy Grail of Writing

The Holy Grail of Writing

What's your favorite novel writing application? After decades of writing, and several misfires, I have finally found mine. In fact, these days I have an arsenal of writing aids, but one in particular is special for creative work.

World Without Walls

Hot Air Balloon Fest
Photo credit: Alfred Lichtenhauer

"Imagine all the people, sharing all the world. John Lennon"

Lame English:
Buzzwords, Cliches, & Crutch Words

Many words start life in the well-defined folds of the Oxford or the Merriam-Webster dictionary. In time overwork and abuse corrupt their meaning.
These are buzzwords, cliches, and crutch words.

Wasp

photo credit : Christel

Markdown: Writing Made Easier

cheat sheet

Everybody likes a discount because discounts knock off some of that retail markup and make buying easier. Markdown is a writing system that is like getting a discount on writing content that will be published in html.



Handling the Truth

detective

Whether you're writing an article or posting on Social media, how you handle the truth can make or break your reputation as a writer. Finding the truth often takes some serious detective work. Fortunately, the Internet has the right tool for every occasion.


Writing for Online Reading:
How Long Is Too Long?

measuring length

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with reading on the web that narrow text column widths are preferable to wide ones. Because web designers pay attention to resolutions and screen sizes, most templates are designed so that the active window is the appropriate column width. The length (inch-wise) of an article is more important to the webmaster.



Clean Writing: How to Avoid the Muckrakers and the Mob

angry mob cartoon

There are two sides to every issue, pro and con. The phrase comes from the Roman, pro et contra, meaning for and against. Funny thing is, whichever side we are on, we tend to believe we are on the pro side. It is easy to become antagonistic towards the cons, to believe the worst about the issue as well as the people on that other side.



Is English Your Second Language?
You're Not Alone!

too to to error

To the non-native speaker, writing a piece in English can be downright scary. According to Oxford Dictionaries, English is the principal language of some 400 million people and the most widely used second language in the world.



Citing Your Sources:
You Get What You Pay For

citation

Whether you are writing for online visitors or offline readers, if you are writing non-fiction properly citing your sources is critical. While citations are a small detail of writing that are often overlooked, citations can save you from being labeled as a plagiarist and they also advance your credibility.

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