What to Write?

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Creative writing is 99% inspiration and 1% motivation. Once you have inspiration it's almost a given that we will be motivated to write. The perspiration comes when we sweat over what to write. When we have an idea, that inspiration motivates us to put it to paper, or these days, to keyboard.

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: You Get What You Pay For

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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.

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.

Anne Frank: Let her R.I.P.

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Today the Washington Post ran another story about the Anne Frank family. This one was the 'news' that her father, like thousands of other Jews, was refused entry into the US. I understand why the Anne Frank story frequently reappears in the headlines even today, but isn't it time we let her rest in peace?

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.

Optimize Your Facebook Fan Page for Likes

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This post was inspired by a comment that Facebook Fan Page Likes are practically useless. Actually, if you have a fan page (and if you are an author you should), "Likes" are important to the success of your page.

Royalty Free vs. Really Free

We've all downloaded software that has "Agree” and "Disagree” buttons, meaning that we have read and agree to the terms of use.Because clicking agree means you get to continue, you may be tempted to click without reading the lengthy legal terms just because you want the software. If you click the disagree, you lose the ability to install the software. Many Internet stock photo galleries use similar buttons.