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Writing for Online Reading:
How Long Is Too Long?

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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.



Formatting Content: The Medium
IS the Message

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What you say might be less important than how you say it.
This holds true, in fact, even truer for material that is published on the web.



Five Tips for New Freelance Writers

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Write because you love writing. If your goal in writing is monetary success, you may be disappointed.
Throughout history, writing hasn't been a 'get rich quick' scheme for most writers. In fact, many famous writers, such as Edgar Allan Poe, died broke and broken. If you are writing for any other reason than you absolutely love writing, you are writing for the wrong reason.



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

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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

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Citing your sources helps you earn credibility. Whether you write non-fiction for online visitors or offline readers, proper citing of sources is critical.

Writer's Block: Bemused by Your Muse

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Before computers, writer's block buried your muse under a pile of wrinkled paper and left you bemused. Its synonyms are synonymous with writer's block: addled, muddled, overwhelmed, paralyzed, perplexed. These are the feelings writers get when they convince themselves they can't write.



Your Personal Style Guide

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When your fingers do the talking, sometimes they trip over your words and leave your ideas in shambles. That's why it's helpful to establish and use a personal style guide.



Who Owns the Copyright

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One of the questions new freelancers often ask is, "Who owns the copyright when the work is done?" Keeping in mind that I am not a lawyer, here is my view on copyright ownership and transfers. With a few exceptions, any intellectual property that can be put into a tangible form is copyrighted from the time of completion by its author or creator whether or not it contains a copyright notice.



Kick the Cans

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How many times have you seen phrases like "we can offer you", "we will develop" or "we have created" on a web site?
Verbs like can, will, and have take your web copy out of the present and either put it in the future or the past. Using future tense and past-tense phrases is one of the biggest mistakes copywriters make in writing web copy.



Royalty Free vs. Really Free

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Photo Credit: Pixabay

We've all downloaded software that has Agree and Disagree buttons. To complete your download, you have to click on the Agree button. If you click Disagree, you will lose the ability to install the software. Lengthy legal terms can tempt you to click Agree before you read them.

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