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Heiroglyphs

Photo Credit:Jon Bodsworth
Heiroglyphs from the tomb of Seti I

You may have heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but if that were true,
we'd still be writing in hieroglyphics, wouldn't we?

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.

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.



Articulate Writing

talking on cup phones

When I first started writing, I followed a lot of other people's rules like in order to be worthwhile, a piece must be at least one page (i.e. 350 words long). That's hogwash. After years of writing, I have learned that a good writer cuts and cuts and cuts again, until they can succinctly get their point across. What is important is to be articulate in writing. If Twitter teaches us one thing it is that you can often get your point across in 144 characters or less!


Cover Letters and Queries That Get Your Work Published.

cover letters

It's written. How do you get it published?
Both queries and cover letters are letters of introduction. The most important thing to remember is to craft a cover letter or query that meets the requirements of submission guidelines, which may differ from publisher to publisher and agent to agent.


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: 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.



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