February 14, 2016

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 […]

Recipes for Great Writing and Why I Feel Like a Rockstar

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When Ann Tran – yes, the Ann Tran – asked me to share my thoughts about the ingredients that make up a great blog post, I had to clutch my electronic devices tighter than ever. She planned to ask several top freelance writers and bloggers about their recipe for making a winning blog post. Needless […]

Successful Writers Always Write About Love

Successful writers write about love -- with love.

It’s absolutely true, successful writers write about love. I will even go one step further with this proclamation: successful writers only write about love. Before you blurt out (at the top of your lungs) a proclamation about how wrong I am, or a laundry list of countless other ways to write to disprove my obviously […]

Is Your Writing Tone Deaf? Listen like Jagger

Carefully choose your tone and wild horses can't drag readers away.

Watch your tone…We’re writing to you! I don’t like your tone. Tone it down! We’ve all had someone –a piano teacher, big sister, defensive driving instructor–admonish us, hands-on-hips, with one of these phrases.  Sure, you probably deserved it.  After all, you’d just popped off (with a tone, no less) to someone in a position of authority. […]

5 Ways to Liven Up Your Writing This Year

Has your prose become a snooze fest?

Have your prose gotten a little stale? It happens to the best of us.  The New Year presents the perfect opportunity for a writing tune-up.  By implementing some inspiring new activities into your routine, your writing can go from dull to delightful in no time. Read Widely We all know that, as writers, we need […]

Do Words Flow Through You and Onto the Page?


  Do your words flow through you, and out onto the page; like the notes flow though a jazz musician and out through their instrument? In essence, do you write with passion and conviction? Ernest Hemingway said this about writing: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and […]