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Writing Tips: Sharpen Email Messages

Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte. (I have made this [letter] longer because I did not have the time to make it shorter.) —Blaise Pascal, 1656 Source: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Blaise_Pascal Years ago, schoolchildren learned how to write letters by hand. You know, the kind […]

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Writing Tips: Thinking a Year Ahead

Writing for newspapers, magazines and the Internet Yes. You may be busy creating the greatest novel of the 21st Century. That’s great. However, you should consider the advantages of helping to pay your everyday bills with simple “filler” pieces for newspapers and magazines too. You just have to think ahead. Newspapers, magazines and the whole world […]

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Writing Tips: Finding Your Creative Juices

Gene Fowler, the American journalist, and dramatist said it best, “Writing is easy. You just sit staring at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” We all know that feeling. If Gene were writing today, he’d have us all staring at a blank screen instead of that awful piece […]

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Writing Tips: Get the Engine Rolling!

Perspiration? Inspiration? What gets your writing work accomplished? Writers all need creativity, that spark of an idea that sets you on the path to writing something worthwhile. Yes. Inspiration is important. Unfortunately, you have to be able to get from the gem of an idea to the fully written text. That’s not so easy. That’s hard […]