WORDPROS’ BLOG Celebrates Great Writing. It’s also filled with tips and tricks to help you improve your own writing skills. Whether you are a professional writer, a blogger, an Executive Secretary, or an English Major, a few basic tips can take your writing from bland to WOW.
OUR MOST BASIC ADVICE for the beginning writer?
Keep it simple, keep it active [voice, of course], and keep it real. And, if you want to be rich and famous– STUDY ACTING.
BEING A REAL WRITER is like having a term paper due every day of the week.
IF YOU CAN’T TAKE TIME PRESSURE, can’t meet a deadline, and you don’t just really LOVE to write, then remember these three words: “DON’T DO IT!”
You’ll find some great quotable quotes for your speechwriting projects & lots of web-based tips; check the categories on the sidebar for more info!
Here’s an indispensable tool for prolific readers of web content: Readability.
Just download this handy app, easily add it to your browser’s toolbar, & with a single mouseclick you can escape all the web page clutter (ads, images, photos, rotating banners, Bing nag screens, etc.) and get to the heart of the web page: the article you’re trying to read.
I’ve found it indispensable for web research; I can quickly scan an article and move on to the next search result without enduring all the visual distractions inherent in the modern web.
See what you think; download this great experiment here.
Words of Wisdom!
“Stress primarily comes from not taking action over something that you can have some control over. So, if I find that some particular thing is causing me to have stress, that’s a warning flag for me. What it means is there’s something that I haven’t completely identified perhaps in my conscious mind that is bothering me, and I haven’t yet taken any action on it.
I find as soon as I identify it, and make the first phone call, or send off the first e-mail message, or whatever it is that we’re going to do to start to address that situation — even if it’s not solved — the mere fact that we’re addressing it dramatically reduces any stress that might come from it. So, stress comes from ignoring things that you shouldn’t be ignoring, I think, in large part.”
—Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder
Read the full interview here
Sadly for our fellow writers trying to eke out a living in the quickly imploding newspaper market in America, 14,330 jobs have been lost so far in 2009[as of 11/11/09].
Paper Cuts tracks this data and gives a state-by-state, paper-by-paper analysis of this seismic shift. SADLY, the link to this helpful map has DISAPPEARED. But the numbers of lost jobs still haunt me…