One of the most difficult things about writing is getting started, Walter Wellesley Smith said it well: “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” This week’s writing tips are dedicated to getting started.
According to the Modern Language Association, hyphens can be used a number of ways. Hyphens can indicate a span of numbers (10-20) and join prefixes to capitalized words (post-Holocaust). The most confusing use of hyphens is with compound words. Use a hyphen to join two modifying words (top-rated...
  No one can deny that free advertising is a good thing—most of the time. Press releases are a way of having control over what the public sees of you or your company; however, that free advertising can hurt you if you aren’t paying attention. For the sake of clarity, a press release is defined as...
Steven King, author of On Writing, says this is a major writing dilemma: “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing. . . . Dumbo got airborne with the help of a magic feather . . . Dumbo didn’t need the feather; the magic was within him.”
Despite the warm weather and working out of my home office, I still managed to catch a nasty case of stomach flu last week which delayed my blog about real estate and communication. I’m back on my feet, sort of, this week, and ready to tackle the world . . . or at least this blog. Through the yea...
Hello real estate professionals! I’m a new member here at Active Rain, and . . .wait for it . . . not involved in real estate. I’m a writer. So what am I doing here? Well, back to that in a moment. First I want to tell you a little about my journey to get here. I’ve been a commercial writer for m...

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