October 25, 2014

Who Else Wants a Spanking for Imbecilic Word Usage?

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Here’s a word problem pop quiz: Let’s say you’ve heard a certain fancy-sounding word every so often and even read it in print a couple of times — but…still don’t have a clear understanding of how to properly use it yourself. Should you insert this word into one of your blog posts anyway? [Visualize this […]

What Katniss Everdeen Can Teach Content Marketers

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Katniss Everdeen, star of the Catching Fire and Hunger Games blockbuster movies, can teach content marketers a thing or two. Successful content marketers need to do more than simply push content out through their various channels. Yes, pushing out high-quality content can lead to some natural (organic) success – to a point. But it takes […]

The Apostrophe and Stupid – Sometimes They Go Together

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Repeated misuse of the possessive apostrophe in your writing makes you look stupid. OK, if you don’t claim to be a copywriter, journalist, or other professional writer, most people will probably cut you some slack for including an errant apostrophe in your blogs and emails. But proper use of this little placeholder is easy to […]

7 Killer Tools for Journalists and Content Marketers

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Journalists and content marketing experts don’t typically spend long hours tied to their desks anymore. They’re on the move, covering events, chatting with thought leaders, and gathering information from the world around them. Then they just go back to their desks or laptops and pound out a stellar story that sets the world on fire […]

How to Use Onomatopoeia in Content Marketing and Elsewhere

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What Does the Fox Say?  What is onomatopoeia? According to the vocabulary.com website, the term, onomatopoeia, refers to a very specific process of word making: an attempt to capture the sound of something in words. Frequently, people get onomatopoeia mixed up with interjections. Interjections belong to the group known as the eight parts of speech. […]

Secrets to Writing About an Event Like a Pro Journalist

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Journalists who write about events need to include facts and other “provable” information in their stories, especially when reporting on something like a sports game, political convention, or other happenings. But depending on the publication and the type of story, writing about an event also includes writing about a feeling or attitude as well as […]

25 Blogging Tips for Newbies on List25

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A few weeks ago, the always inspiring and spectacularly vivacious Misty McPadden (@mistygirlph) asked me to contribute to one of her posts on List25 about blogging tips for beginners. I’m still reeling from the excitement that such an authoritative influencer like Misty would seek out tips and advice from little ol’ me. But it’s true […]

Semicolons: Why Must They Be So Misunderstood?

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Freelance writers and copywriters everywhere must take pity on the poor misunderstood semicolon. Do you often find yourself wondering about the proper use of a semicolon? Ever ponder whether to insert a comma or the oft-shunned semicolon? How about knowing when to use a colon as opposed to our little half-breed cousin: the semicolon? We’re […]

Emma Jean’s Bad Behavior – Book Review

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Emma Jean hated babies. In fact, she had built her very successful career as an author on baby hating… I met author Charlotte Rains Dixon on Twitter (@wordstrumpet) in 2011 and got to know her a little better when my teenaged son asked me about taking one of her writing classes. A couple of weeks […]

Top 10 Reasons to Self Publish

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I love the thought of traditional publishing and am actually in the process of ghost writing and editing 4 books for two separate authors who have already landed publishing contracts in that world. But the notion of self-publishing has crossed over from the wrong side of the tracks to reside, if not next to, at […]