Language: More Than Words

'I love you' in many languages

Since I first learned to read and write, I have had a love affair with words, yet I have always had difficulty in learning and retaining languages other than English. I recently began learning Spanish and what is most surprising is that the Spanish language has a very different approach to communication than does the English language.

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.

Writer's Quicksand


Whether it's fiction or fact, historical or hysterical, prosaic or poetic, if you are a writer, you have a story to tell. Tell it in what you will call, your first draft.

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


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.

An Open Letter to Clickbaiters

don't be reeled in by clickbait

Josh Benton of Harvard’s Neiman Journalism Lab defined clickbait as "Noun: Things I don't like on the Internet.”
There is little to like about clickbait. Clickbait is a headline that generates a momentary rush of excitement that culminates in a rapid letdown. It is a corruption of information, a "bait and switch" tactic that leads to the Internet's most insipid websites and faux blogs filled with picture galleries accompanied by short, vapid blurbs of text.

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.

Formatting Content: The Medium
IS the Message

Look Here!

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.

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