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How to make the shift to WordPress

Last week was the official launch of the new look for The Written Word Communications Company. The new website is based on WordPress and integrates the Written Words blog with the home page of the website and new pages that describe the various services I offer companies—writing, editing, publishing and training—plus samples of the work […]

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Writing tip: Cut out those Capital Letters

What is it with CAPITAL LETTERS? One of the most common errors that I have to correct a professional editor is Overuse of Capital Letters. I see a lot of Unnecessary Capitalization. I have to wonder, why? What is it that drives writers—and by that I do not necessarily mean Professional or aspiring Professional Writers, […]

Writers, assemble! against the nefarious threat of EMPTY WORDS

The useless and the pretentious: disposable words What’s the greatest threat to clear communication today? It’s not using “lay” instead of “lie” (“Lay your shield here, Captain America, next to Mjolnir, mine enchanted hammer, as we lie down for a moment’s respite” is correct). And it’s not writing “between you and I.” The biggest problem: […]

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Try and not write lightening, and other mistakes in your and your fellows’ writing

There are some errors that drive me crazy, not because they’re so terrible — anything can be corrected — but because they appear so frequently, and they’re really so simple that it’s hard to imagine how people make them. “Lightening” for “lightning.” People who should know better make this mistake all the time. Even some […]

Writing Tips: How to use quotation marks

Few punctuation marks seem as misunderstood as quotation marks. Few punctuation marks seem as misunderstood as quotation marks. I see so many misuses of quotation marks in fiction and non-fiction, technical reports, brochures, advertising and just about everywhere else. The rules for quotation marks are fairly simple. Perhaps schools are not teaching how to use […]

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Author, ACTIVATE!

Eliminate those awful passive sentences! I’ve been finding more passive sentences in my reading lately. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, scholarly articles or marketing bumph, this is an easy problem to fix. And it is a problem. Passive sentences are longer and less interesting than active sentences. Let’s take a first-grade example: Passive: The […]