Kathie York, CSQE Chief Wordsmith and Gaffe Eradicator! Welcome back to Quick Wins for those pesky 'word puzzlers' in our lives. This month's offering is one of my biggies: [QW2] Never (!) refer to people as 'that' If you've ever asked me to edit for you, you are probably aware I'm a 'That' Nazi. This is what some of my clients call me! When you have … [Read more...] about [QW2] Never (!) refer to people as ‘that’
Hey! What's all this 'QW' stuff in the headline?! Let me tell you the story. I recently looked back through some notes from editing projects, where I discovered a pattern of easy-to-fix 'word puzzlers gone wild.' ;-) The puzzlers not only cost my clients more $$ for me to fix, these folks were probably voicing the faux pas with clients or potential … [Read more...] about [QW1] Companies and groups are not people!
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 professional." Really? Two writing experts are my guests today, and they will help set your … [Read more...] about “Is it OK to write like I talk?”
Whether you’re a business owner, a job seeker sending out résumés, or a writer trying to break into the ‘big time,’ you will appreciate this post. This information isn't hidden away in a vault. You don't need a government clearance to read it. But, sometimes ... we just ... miss something important. For example: how NOT to mutilate files we email to … [Read more...] about “HOW did my file get so messed up?!”
A publisher buddy, Brian K. Morris (Rising Tide Publications), sent me a gift. After just 30 seconds, I knew I would share these writing tips with you. As a copywriter, editor, and proofer, I was excited to discover this short coaching video. It's packed with surprising ideas for authors ... ... and it's mostly new stuff I hadn't considered! Even if you … [Read more...] about Check out these writing tips from author Jerry B. Jenkins. For reals!
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 writer. If you keep an eye out for these plural puzzlers, you can save time and money when … [Read more...] about Plural Puzzlers