Collected Wistdom
Government needs proofreading

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When we want good spelling, to whom can we turn?  Well, certainly not the government. Government is the official everything. If government says we measure time or distance or volume in a certain wa…

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Do you have a story to write?
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The following conversation really happened.  I won’t go so far as to call it typical, but elements of it have shown up from time to time.  A would-be client contacted me with an idea for a children’s book – and that was all he had.  An idea.


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Nine reasons to pay your writer

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Some people just don’t like paying writers.  Here are nine good reasons to pay your writer, and to pay on time. It’s as predictable as the spring, and much more frequent. Every couple weeks somebod…

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Could your Twitter buddy be a bot?

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Bots are making their presence felt on social media. But can you tell a bot from a real person?
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K.I.S.S. your readers

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Big words suck.  Gargantuan expressions fail to fulfill your readership’s expectations.  See how small words win the day? Have you ever felt the need to use big words to sound more important or aut…

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A sneak peak at the leaked CIA Style Guide

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This is not satire; this guide really exists and the quotes in this post really come from the CIA’s Style Manual and Writer’s Guide. People love a good secret. In fact, few things can be spread to …

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What is a ghostwriter?
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Oddly enough, this is a question that seems to confuse a lot of people.  Just what is a ghostwriter? People come to me seeking a ghostwriter, but they are not completely sure what one is. 


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54 ominous signs that you might be a writer

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Writers are “special” people. But don’t worry, it is not always contagious. This guide will help you self-screen for this condition before it becomes terminal. I’ve done this a couple times before,…

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