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Handling the Truth

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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?

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It may come as no surprise to those who read online that narrow text columns are preferable to wide ones. Good web developers pay attention to browser resolutions and screen sizes to ensure that their web pages are the right width. The length (i.e. word count) of an article is the writer's concern.

Clean Writing: Avoid the Muckrakers and the Mob

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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.



Eggcorns: Playful Words

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You're heard of a play on words. Eggcorns are playful words that put distinction in your characters and add humor to your writing.
One of the fun things about the English language is that it is constantly changing and as it changes, it isn't afraid to laugh at itself.
If you are looking for a way to add a fresh and funny face to your writing, try an eggcorn.



Five Tips for New Freelance Writers

dog detective

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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Writing a piece in English can be downright scary to the non-native speaker.
English is the principal language of some 400 million people as well as the most used second language in the world(1).

Citing Your Sources

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

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Writer's Block: Bemused by Your Muse

writers block

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.