Monthly Archives: March 2012

A new tool/toy – Wordle

Who knew about Wordle? I didn’t! Thanks to Sarah Negovitch’s blog post Please Stop Using that Word, I’ve found a brand new toy    tool –  Wordle Here’s how it works – You load your document, and Wordle creates Word Cloud “art” … Continue reading

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5 Warning Signs that you are telling, not showing in your writing

5 Ways you may be telling your readers, instead of showing  1. Are you writing in passive voice? Identify passive voice in your writing by looking for “to be” + past participle. Also look for sentences that end with “by…” phrases (Example: … Continue reading

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5 Proofreading Strategies Every Writer Should Know

Catch your own mistakes Need some help in the proofreading department? Having another set of eyes is great. Sometimes that isn’t an option, though. 1. End to beginning Read from the bottom of the article or essay to the top – … Continue reading

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WARNING: The author doesn’t want you to read her book

Readers need not apply Not every reader, that is. Unless your novel is a public service announcement, then it is probably true that NOT everyone should read it. Why? You don’t write for everybody. Do you? There are many reasons … Continue reading

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Kill the darlings… practicing what I preach

Scratch out Previously, I wrote about editing out the adverbs and making your writing tighter, more effective. So, do I practice what I preach? I try. I am knee deep in editing and revising the first 1500 words of my … Continue reading

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How to Take Charge of Your Adverbs

Cut the Junk! As writers, we love our words, don’t we? Sometimes we are so attached to them that we think we can’t kill cut them. We may not ever have words as good as those again… Ridiculous We are story tellers, … Continue reading

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How to Be Great at Public Speaking (even when you are a nervous wreck)

Afraid of Public Speaking? Why? We fear ridicule. We think that everyone will point and laugh. We think we will forget what we are going to say. We think we will look down and realize that we forgot to get … Continue reading

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