writing

Picture this

I hate infographics. Maybe I just hate anything that’s so painfully obviously trendy and everybody jumps all over like it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Wait … what’s that? Yeah, I signed up for Google Plus and Path. Shuddit. So let me soften my initial statement: I hate when blogs and websites overuse infographics. …

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Ooooh … shiny

Distractions can be a good thing. When I’m stuck on a thought, it’s good to play a little with my mind. Take a break. Do something else. Trouble is, the distractions have been getting out of hand and I’ve been losing my focus. Remember when “games” on Facebook amounted to Farmville and a few other …

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Send help?

I can’t write. Yes, I realize I wrote that. I’m suffering from the worst case of writer’s block I’ve had in years. I sit down at my laptop and I stare at the white space in front of me. This is not a good thing. I am a writer by trade. The practice helps put …

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Back here again

I’ve been a bad writer. I know. I’ve been mentally flogging myself these last few weeks, knowing I hadn’t put fingertips to keyboard on these pages in a good long while. In the internet world, a few days gone by is enough to make people forget about you. On the other hand, though, it’s also …

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Fact or fiction

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. This happened on TAM airlines. A 50-something year old white woman arrived at her seat and saw that the passenger next to her was a black man. Visibly furious, she called the air hostess. “What’s the problem, ma?” the hostess asked her “Can’t you see?” the lady said. “I …

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Missing the obvious

OK, you’re a writer. You love words. You know the difference between a colon, an em dash, a comma and a semicolon. You can craft headlines and emails and missives and tweets and blog posts and press releases, meshing words together so mellifluously they drip like honey off a reader’s brain. Or so power-packed, they stir someone …

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Well …

One word has the power to make me click the X on the tab of your blog post. One word. Four letters. W. E. L. L. In a former life, I ranted and raved about newspaper writers starting any of their works with the word ‘I.’ Newspaper writers aren’t supposed to insert themselves into a …

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Mea culpa

Spelling and grammar. I will judge you for it, dammit! Education is a right and so many of  you have failed to embrace it, never bothering to figure out the difference between its and it’s or they’re, there and their … among other grammatical foibles. I’ve always believed you should never be allowed to say …

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