Wondering if you need a cover letter or not?
Come out to IWRITE's next event on June 9th!
Cover letter and Resume Event!
Saturday, May 19, 2012.
10:00am until 2:00pm EST.
Hope Health Center, IWRITE Ltd Co, and other businesses will present information, and free exams on how to stay "in tuned" with your health.
Taking care of your health is fun!
Please come out and support this FREE event!
Homophones are words that sound alike but have different meanings. Many homophones also have different spellings, and all too often, people mix them up.
The result is an onslaught of misspellings throughout the written universe. Although these mistakes are understandable, they are problematic since they are contagious. If someone sees a set of homophones used incorrectly or misspelled enough times, they will assume the usage is correct and adopt it.
Thus, the errors spread.
Ideally, we’d just make sure that our language doesn’t contain these types of words. I’m sure we are creative enough to come up with completely new words, but unfortunately, language evolves of its own accord, so we must make do with what we have.
Writing for fun is overlooked and under-appreciated. Writing is portrayed as a serious subject. Writers whinge and whine about the torment of their profession. It’s purveyed as a mystical process where writers wrack their hearts and souls for each precious word.
Visions of dark, lonely towers, bleary eyes and endless cups of coffee abound. Authors talk of their years struggling, alone, with snow blowing from cracked windowpanes onto their keyboards, nobody else in the world understanding their turmoil, pounding away until bolts of genius strike and a perfectly-formed story springs into existence.
This image makes sense. I’m sure you’ve experienced frustration when you’ve been trying to get a piece finished. Or polished. Or even started. Writing can be hard. Challenging. Frustrating. Because writing can be so difficult – analogies to labour are common – the presumption arises that this is the way it is meant to be. And, without a countervailing voice, that presumption becomes the status quo. Beginning writers walk into this field of shared expectations, and believe that writing is going to be difficult, arduous and draining.
Thinking about writing a blog? Been writing a blog for some time now and have yet to establish any growth (and by “growth” I mean “increased pageviews”)? Over the past 10 years I’ve refined my blogging skills—that’s right, I started my first blog back in 2001 and it is so embarrassing by today’s standards that I’m almost unwilling to link to it … almost. Blogs for writers are everywhere, and there’s often good advice on them about writing a blog. There’s also plenty of not-so-good advice. It can be frustrating.
Now I currently run three successful blogs: Questions & Quandaries, The Life of Dad and this online editor blog (which I’ve begun calling The Writer’s Dig). It’s been a challenge juggling them but, by sticking to these 12 specific dos and don’ts of writing a blog that I’ve developed over my years of experience, I’ve been able to establish growth (increased pageviews). I hope they can help you learn how to write a good blog too.
When Writing a Blog Do …
Find your focus.
To do this, you must first ask yourself this question: Who are your target readers? Once that’s settled, you can home in on a niche category (like this one focuses on writing) and be the expert on it.
Be relatable, be yourself.Read the full article at Writer's Digest
What sets bloggers apart from newspaper article feeds is voice. Your content is what draws them in while your personality, or your voice in writing, is what will keep them there. Let your readers get to know you.
Proper capitalization is one of the cornerstones of good grammar, yet many people fling capital letters around carelessly.
Not every word deserves to be capitalized. It’s an honor that must be warranted, and in writing, capitalization is reserved only for special words.
Most of the grammar rules are explicit about which words should be capitalized. However, there are some cases (like title case) in which the rules are vague.
Capitalization of Titles
There are several contexts in which we can examine capitalization. When writing a title (of a blog post, for example), almost all of the words in the title are capitalized. This is called title case.
Poetry writing is the most artistic and most liberating form of creative writing. You can write in the abstract or the concrete. Images can be vague or subtle, brilliant or dull. Write in form, using patterns, or write freely, letting your conscience (or subconscious) be your guide.
You can do just about anything in a poem. That’s why poetry writing is so wild and free: there are no rules. Poets have complete liberty to build something out of nothing simply by stringing words together.