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4 money-saving steps to your first draft

4 money-saving steps to your first draft

It's an unhappy moment. An editor tells an author they need the first draft copy before editing can begin.   The writer is dumbfounded. Isn't that what they emailed?   No.   They sent months (or years) of musings. Maybe the file was run through spell check.   But it's...

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“Is it OK to write like I talk?”

“Is it OK to write like I talk?”

You’ve labored long-and-hard on that flier. Or maybe your website landing page text. You’re no writer, but you can at least take a stab at it, right? You show it to a friend, and he shreds your excitement balloon with . "You can't write like you talk. It isn't...

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What’s YOUR nasty scope creep story?

What’s YOUR nasty scope creep story?

Got ya thinkin' there, didn't I? I know you have one ... ... a scope creep worst-workday-ever disaster story. Maybe the one where a bunch of "Could you just...?" add-ons beckoned. And (being the nice, accommodating person you are) you listened. You found yourself out...

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Plural Puzzlers

 No! Don’t listen to Obi-Wan! Don’t 'move along.' It’s time we face the music on these words, because we tend to spell (and say) their plural forms incorrectly. When I see these in clients' files, it takes time to correct them. Of course, this means more cost to the...

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WHAT is ‘parallel structure’ ?!

OK. You’ve received a digital hand slap from your online English instructor, or the teacher at your school 'bled all over' your report in red ink. The comment was something about needing 'parallel structure' on your lists. What in the world is parallel structure ?...

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‘Actually’ + ‘Literally’ = Yikes!

  “What did I say? Did I start my sentence ... with ... ‘actually’?” Not Kathie York, the grammar doyenne! Surely not. Unfortunately, Mrs. York’s Mr. York – with a twinkle in his eye because he’d caught me in a 'filler' word faux pas – corroborated it: “Yes, you...

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Helpful Tidbits from the Writing World

As you might imagine, I get a lot of questions from people concerning writing and grammar. Tidbits, here and there. Nothing formal. I decided to pop three items into this post: "So … what the heck do 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' mean?" "Have the semicolon rules changed?" “When...

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