Writing

Find the right writer for your project

How can a great freelance writer make your hard work shine? Consider one of my favorite writing assignments. Tell me how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  The worst answer is “you put some peanut butter and jelly on bread.” Where do you get peanut butter? Where do you get jelly? What kind of bread? How… Read more »

Do you make this common email mistake?

(The emails below are completely fictionalized and do not at all represent a real thing that happened to me or anyone I know about a year ago. I did change names to protect the privacy of the people this didn’t happen to.) Sent: July 1, 2010 To: Employee, Quicktyper From: Judgmental, Boss Subject: Important Creative… Read more »

What the heck are homonyms?

What the heck are homophones? Homophones are words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings, no matter how they are spelled. Bear/Bear (the animal/put up with that annoying co-worker) is a homophone but so is red/read (my stylish iPad bag/what I wish my blog was more). Homonyms are spelled exactly the same, pronounced… Read more »

A tribute to tone in writing

Talk about upbeat! The Oct 3, 2011 issue of Woman’s World magazine featured a tiny article titled “The Upside of Allergies!” that explains how people who get “rashes, itching or other such skin woes from touching certain materials, such as nickel or perfumed detergent” may be less likely to develop some kinds of cancer, like… Read more »

How do you find time to write?

It’s tough to find the time to write exactly when you’re inspired by an idea. This post, on my personal blog, captures a moment where I was both inspired and free to get my thoughts into a readable format. Enjoy. Villains and Heroes

What word is spelled wrong most often?

You know the answer to that old joke, right? It’s the word “wrong.” A colleague of mine recently received a really lovely note from a potential business partner that read, “Looking forward to growing our bushiness together.” Spelling errors are no joke in professional communications, but people make them all the time. I spend a… Read more »

Ain’t isn’t OK

Is it ever ok to use the word ain’t? As I was interviewing a professional wellness coach for a feature article, we both agreed it is a “hillbilly” word. We were sort of right, sort of wrong. In fact, the word ain’t is a “contraction of a negated auxiliary verb.” And while this contraction of… Read more »