Monday, June 30, 2008

Writing Project - Content Writing For Adult Personal Network

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Project Detail:

Id : 16209927

Category : Writing & Translation,Writing / Content Development Services

Title : Content Writing For Adult Personal Network

Estimated Budget : Need Best Quotation

Description :

We are a US based company looking for a service provider for a writing and content development service. We are in the process of designing a new online Adult personal network and we need individuals who can write content for this purpose. We need content to explain what we offer as well as the type of service on website, for promotion and sales purpose. We are looking for best proposal. Interested providers are requested to send their quotation as soon as possible.

Country :United States

Status : Closed

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Writing Project - Documents Translation French to English

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Project Detail:

Id : 83479076

Category : Writing & Translation

Title : Documents Translation French to English

Estimated Budget : Above 2000 USD

Total Requirement : Ongoing

Description :

We are India based company looking for service providers for our ongoing translation services, We have an ongoing requirement but initially we need providers to translate about 150 documents each document consist of 25–30 pages from French to English, We will sent documents in CDs and need translated documents back via emails or CDS. Our approximate budget is above 2000 USD will be paid by cheque on monthly basis. Interested service providers are requested to contact as soon as possible with profile.

Country : India

Status : Closed

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Effective writing: Words count, so you may want to count your words

I recently spent a few days in Duluth, a place where some people claim Mark Twain once said that he experienced "the coldest winter" in his life: "July in Duluth." What a thing to say about a lovely city by a sweet-water sea.

I was presenting a writing seminar for a group of supervisors and managers. While in town, I happened to find myself aboard a sailboat in a regatta with a six-person crew and a captain who really knew his stuff.

As at most of my seminars, we worked on eliminating common errors such as the word choice error in "She didn't intend to flaunt the rules." We also practiced applying certain stylistic techniques that increase clarity and emphasis, techniques such as taking advantage of the natural stress that occurs at the end of sentences. For example, we revised the sentence "We must do something now about the problems we are experiencing" to "We must do something about these problems now."

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Bible is our best example of art of letter writing

In case you haven't noticed it, the writing of letters seems to be going the way of the dodo.

Oh, we still communicate [to some degree, at least] via email.

Then, too, some people seem to have the knack of spending an amazing amount of time on the telephone [might even be doing a bit of gossiping].

That does qualify as communicating.

But what I'm suggesting is that we need to re-learn the forgotten art of letter writing.

Those of you who know me personally are perhaps making the mental analogy of the pot calling the kettle black.

Confession, they say, is good for the soul, and I must confess that it has been too long since I sat down to write a warm, personal letter.

Rather than really opening up to others via the writing of a letter, I have definitely become addicted to the simplicity and brevity of email.

The very speed and thrift of email can be so appealing.

Why is this?

Is it perhaps the fact that we are caught up 'in the fast lane' in these days of instant everything?

That may very well be true.

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Writing Project - Screen Play Writers

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Project Detail:

Id : 93561952

Category : Writing & Translation

Title : Screen Play Writers

Estimated Budget : 3000 USD

Description :

We are an Australian based production company that predominantly does freelance filming and production work. Recently we have developed the concept for a feature length film which we have equipped ourselves to film and produce. We need a writer and/or writers to put our concept into a screen play. We would be interested to talk more via email to establish what sort of price and time frame we would be looking at; our approximate budget is $3000 USD 50% upon commencement and 50% after first draft provided with turn around time of 2 months and mode of payment can be paypal or direct deposit. Interested service providers are requested to contact with their profile as soon as possible.

Country : Australia

Status : Closed

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Do's and Don'ts When Writing for Your Audience

Oh writers. No one has time to read what we write anymore. Even more reason to make what you do write concise, clear and effective.

Writing for the web, no matter how many times we say it, is different that writing for print. Readers are not likely to read every word. They’re going to glance, skim and scan their way through your content, most likely with a cup of coffee in hand or checking email simultaneously.

With such a wayward bunch of users, what’s a web content writer to do? Chris Nodder, user experience specialist at Nielsen Norman Group thinks you simplify content to make it as accessible as possible. Most users are visiting your site through a search engine rather than going directly to a site’s home page, so why not make it easy to find what they want.

Nodder offers up some “Sign Posts” indicating “where else readers can go for more specific information and related resources such as white papers”.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Writing Project - Translation work into French from English

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Project Detail:

Id : 16431352

Category : Writing & Translation

Title : Translation work into French from English

Estimated Budget : Need Best Quotations

Total Requirement : Approximately 35000 Words for Translation

Description :

We are Canada based organization. We are looking for proposals from qualified firms or individuals to provide written English to French translation services for the English language static content on our web site into French. Approximately 35000 total words for translation. The translation will be in French language from English language. We need best proposals with price per word.

Interested providers are requested to send their proposals on or before 2:00:00 PM (EDT), Tuesday July 15, 2008. All communications must be e-mailed to us to ensure that all enquiries receive the best possible responses. For more details have a look on attachment.

Country : Canada

Status : Closed

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Business Writing Tips for Professionals

Effective business writing skills can help you win that million dollar contract, earn a promotion, resolve a dispute, or generate a significant increase in new business leads. Poor business writing, on the other hand, can cause you to lose business to your competition and negatively impact your image and reputation in the marketplace.

Here are 11 easy ways you can improve your business writing skills:

  1. Before you write a word of copy, make sure you know who your target audience is and what specific result you'd like to achieve. If it's an important business communication, take five minutes to visualize yourself in the shoes of the recipient and imagine what this person's world is like.

    What does their typical day look like? What are their unique needs, goals, and challenges? What problem is keeping them up at night? The more thought and research you invest in understanding your target audience and how you can help them, the more powerful and effective your business writing communications will become.

  2. Avoid using your company acronyms and buzzwords. While they might seem cute and clever to you, it's very annoying to a busy executive who has a pile of documents and proposals to read. Avoid using academic language like 'ergo,' 'henceforth,' or 'so to speak,' and as a general rule of thumb avoid use of technical jargon. Simplify big words: write use instead of utilize, send out instead of disseminate, fair instead of equitable, etc.

Writing Project - Content Migration Service

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Project Detail:

Id : 47460138

Category : Writing & Translation,Writing / Content Development Services

Title : Content Migration Service

Estimated Budget : Upto 500 USD Per Month

Description :

We are USA based looking for service providers for content migration services. We have lots of websites of various businesses and we want to update and migrate content, we need individuals who can call migrate old content in new template and regularly update website content. This will be ongoing work and our payout is 500 USD per month, will be paid by paypal. Interested service providers are requested to contact us as soon as possible.

Country : United States

Status : Closed

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Monday, June 23, 2008

The Importance of Writing in History

A survey of 120 major American corporations employing nearly 8 million people concludes that in today's workplace writing is a "threshold skill" for hiring and promotion among salaried (i.e. professional) employees. Survey results indicate that writing is a ticket to professional opportunity, while poorly written job applications are a figurative kiss of death. Estimates based on the survey returns reveal that employers spend billions annually correcting writing deficiencies. The survey, mailed to 120 human resource directors in corporations associated with Business Roundtable (an association of chief executives officers of some of the leading U.S. corporations), produced responses from 64 companies, a 53.3 percent response rate.

Among the survey findings:
  • Writing is a "threshold" skill for both employment and promotion, particularly for salaried employees. Half the responding companies report they take writing into consideration when hiring professional employees. "In most cases, writing ability could be your ticket in . . . or it could be your ticket out," said one respondent.
  • People who cannot write and communicate clearly will not be hired, and are unlikely to last long enough to be considered for promotion. "Poorly written application materials would be extremely prejudicial," said one respondent. "Such applications would not be considered for any position."
  • Two-thirds of salaried employees in large American companies have some writing responsibility. "All employees must have writing ability . . . manufacturing documentation, operating procedures, reporting problems, lab safety, waste-disposal operations - all have to be crystal clear," said one human resources director.
  • Eighty percent or more of the companies in the service and finance, insurance, and real estate sectors, the corporations with greatest employment growth potential, assess writing during hiring. "Applicants who provide poorly written letters wouldn't likely get an interview," commented one insurance executive.
  • A similar dynamic is at work during promotions. Half of all companies take writing into account when making promotion decisions. One succinct comment: "You can't move up without writing skills!"
  • More than half of all responding companies report that they "frequently" or "almost always" produce technical reports (59 percent), formal reports (62 percent), and memos and correspondence (70 percent). Communication through email and PowerPoint presentations is almost universal. "Because of email, more employees have to write more often. Also, a lot more has to be documented," said one respondent.
Source : http://www.aptosjr.pvusd.net/

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Writing Action and Plot

Carmen’s article “Short Fiction vs. Novel,” in this issue, gives us invaluable advice about writing. We will all do well to heed it.

Carmen and I have come to the same view of fiction by different routes. Carmen, through experience on the stage; I, by sitting in the audience. We view stories as drama. Does flash fiction have one act while longer fiction has three to five acts? Quite possibly, but the real importance is elsewhere: in the dialogue and narration.

Once writers look at prose fiction as a script for a radio play, a stage play or a film, a lot of problems vanish. Is narration extended stage directions? Not always, but it often is. As for dialogue, Carmen says it must be believable when spoken aloud. And Carmen tells us how to check: don’t write by rote; go somewhere isolated and speak the lines aloud, yourself!

While writing Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert recited every sentence aloud in his gueuloir, or ‘shouting room’. And he did it over and over again till he got it right. Do the same and you may not write another towering classic, but you will stand a very good chance of “getting it right.”

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Writing an Effective Outline

Unless you are writing a very short, simple document, you should begin the writing process with an outline in order to guide your writing. An outline is a document that briefly summarizes the information that will be included in a paper, book, speech, or similar document. It shows the order in which the information will be presented and indicates the relationship of the pieces of information to each other.

Outlines are important because not only do they allow you to map your thoughts into a coherent, logical organization, they also let you know early in the writing process if an idea for a paper, book, or other project just isn't going to pan out because you don't have enough supporting material or information or because the idea simply isn't sound. Moreover, outlines indicate early on whether you have left out important information or added superfluous ideas. Fortunately, word processors have made writing outlines (and papers) much simpler because they make it very easy to add, delete, reorganize, or even completely revamp information as much and as often as necessary.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Academic Writing Tips

Here are a few thoughts about academic writing.
  1. Avoid using "we".

    Philosophy: The word "we" is often used by lazy writers because it provides an easy way to give a sentence a subject. The problem is that doing so usually dilutes the impact of the sentence or obscures the true subject.

    Here is a real-world example (taken from a published paper): "In this paper we focus on statically checking behavioral properties of ..." The authors of the paper have little to do with the main point of the paper. The sentence above would be better as: "This paper focuses on statically checking behavioral properties of ..." This version emphasizes the true subject of the sentence, "this paper". It's also shorter.

    Unless the true subject of the sentence is the authors, avoid using "we". An acceptable use is: "We would like to thank the anonymous referees for providing helpful feedback on the earlier draft of this work."

  2. Parallelism is good.

    When a paragraph, bullet list, or sentence contains similar components, those components should use parallel construction. Opportunities for parallelism include: similar sentence structure, repeated verbs, repeated subjects. Required parallism: verb tense and noun plurality.

  3. Citation references are not nouns.

    Philosophy: The point of writing is communication to the reader. Because citation references are often numbers or alpha-numeric strings, it is difficult for the reader to ascribe them meaning. The reader should not need to refer to the bibliography to understand a sentence.

  4. Good writing is readable. (Read your writing out loud.)

    Reading a sentence or paragraph aloud can reveal defects in its structure. Paragraphs that use the same sentence structure too frequently often sound choppy or awkward when read aloud. Complex phrases that trip up the tongue indicate that the sentence may need to be edited.

  5. When in doubt, look it up.

    There are many excellent resources to improve writing skills. Some of my favorite online resources are:
    • Strunk & White
    • www.dictionary.com
    • www.dailywritingtips.com
Source : http://www.cis.upenn.edu/

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What is your writing tone?

You visit a car dealership. Not more than three steps inside the door, a smiling guy in a suit gets in your face. He is using every hard closing sales tactic in the book, relentlessly pursuing you around the showroom and the lot.

This guy could not be more clear, he wants to sell you a car, and he does not mind you knowing it. And yet, we hate this guy. We want people to put our needs and comfort levels first, and those who do are the people we reward with the sale.

Are those friendly people any less interested in making the sale than the obnoxious car salesman? Or are they just less transparent about how they go about it? Do we care if they are being genuine, or do we just need to feel as if they are?

Picture this: You are introduced to some loud-mouthed young marketing consultant at a party. He is half-tanked, cursing like a sailor, and insulting every third person who passes by, all while trying to convince you to hire him. He even insults you and your wife a couple of times in lame attempts at humor. Is he not just keeping it real?

On the other hand, I once read a story about a businessman who everyone loved. This guy kept everyone in stitches with his jokes, and yet he always took the time to listen attentively when others spoke. In short, he made everyone feel good, and he was hugely successful in business because of it.

The story was told by a close friend of his, who revealed that the guy actually had no sense of humor at all. He just repeated jokes that he heard others tell, even though he did not get why they were funny. Further, the mans compassionate listening abilities were simply a learned behavior. He knew how to make people feel good, but he never cared at all what people said or thought. He just wanted to be viewed as a person who cared, because it was good for business.

When it comes to copywriting and conversational marketing, it is all about how you say it, combined with a strategic decision as to what to say so that you can meet your goals. You are trying to create an experience that others respond to favorably, just like you would in person. Think about the last great conversation you had with an engaging person. How did it make you feel?

Where do we draw the line with transparency and authenticity? What if no one likes the real you?

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The author Vincent Sparreboom is a Problogger from the Netherlands and the inspiration for this article was the Whitesmoke Writing Software 2008 Review he wrote for his blog The World of Office, XP and Vista Tips & Tricks

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Apology Letter Writing Template

We all make mistakes from time to time. When that happens, it is worthwhile to mend the situation. One way of patching things up is by writing a letter of apology to say you're sorry. But how should you go about writing an apology letter? Keep reading for more about how to write a letter of apology, and then see a free sample apology letter that you can use as a guide for writing your own. white smoke writing software presents you with this information, and then with the best selection of writing tools for proofreading your letter.

You may need to write a personal apology letter or a formal or business letter of apology. In either case, send the letter soon to show that you really value your relationship with the other party. But wait! The only thing that could be worse than sending a letter of apology late or not at all is sending one with mistakes, because it will look like you really don't care. To prove that you're sincere in saying sorry, check your spelling, English grammar, and punctuation with white smoke online writing software. One click gives you access to checks for all of this and more, so you can concentrate your effort on writing an apology letter.

If you are writing a personal letter of apology

  • Begin the letter by saying you're sorry.
  • Admit what you did wrong and take responsibility.
  • Ask if there is any way you can help resolve the situation, and offer to do that.R
  • Reassure the other party that you will do your best to prevent the problem from happening again.
  • Suggest meeting in a neutral place to apologize in person and start to rebuild the relationship.
  • Apologize again to close the letter.
  • Consider handwriting the letter instead of typing it on the computer and printing it.
  • Be sincere!
If you are writing a formal or business apology letter
  • Type the letter in a conventional font like Times Roman and print on high-quality, white paper. Use a formal block or semi-block format.
  • Begin the letter by saying you're sorry.
  • Clearly state the problem and explain as much as possible what went wrong.
  • Try to solve the problem, and give examples of how you can do this.
  • Apologize again to end the letter.
Apology letter example for business:

Your address
Your address

Date

Name of Addressee
Title, organization
Address

Dear [name]:

I am writing to apologize for the confusion surrounding transaction # 765-989. We recently began using a new packaging system, which still has a few small bugs. This morning we straightened out your order and sent it. To compensate for the inconvenience, we have enclosed coupons for you to enjoy on future purchases at any of our retail stores. Again, I apologize for the mix-up in your order and any trouble this may have caused you.

Sincerely,

Signature

Firstname Lastname
Customer Service Manager

Source : http://www.whitesmoke.com/

Monday, June 16, 2008

The art of writing your CV

According to Lee McQueen, who won The Apprentice despite stretching the truth about his time at university, a curriculum vitae is merely "a conversational tool". How can you make your CV attractive enough to get that conversation started? A CV should be less about you than about whoever you are hoping will give you a job. Bear in mind that while employers say they seek candidates who stand out, in fact they want people who fit in.

This means making sure you know what they are looking for before you attempt to persuade them that it's you. Look at their website, talk to present or former employees if you can, and get a feel for the kind of buttons to press in your personal sales pitch. If you are responding to a job ad, keep referring back to it. This ensures that you are applying for a vacancy that exists, rather than a vacancy you wish existed.

You should never attempt to palm off the same CV on lots of different employers. If you are applying for jobs abroad, find out whether the preferred CV format is different, and check whether you need a Europass if you're looking for a job elsewhere in the EU. But do have a model CV prepared so you only have to tweak it, rather than agonise over font sizes hours before the deadline.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

General Essay Writing Tips

This article contains three parts:
  1. Step One: Brainstorming
  2. Step Two: Selecting a Topic
  3. Step Three: Writing the Essay
Step One: Brainstorming
The most important part of your essay is the subject matter. You should expect to devote about 1-2 weeks simply to brainstorming ideas. To begin brainstorming a subject idea consider the following points. From brainstorming, you may find a subject you had not considered at first.
  1. What are your major accomplishments, and why do you consider them accomplishments? Do not limit yourself to accomplishments you have been formally recognized for since the most interesting essays often are based on accomplishments that may have been trite at the time but become crucial when placed in the context of your life.
  2. Does any attribute, quality, or skill distinguish you from everyone else? How did you develop this attribute?Consider your favorite books, movies, works of art, etc. Have these influenced your life in a meaningful way? Why are they your favorites?
  3. What was the most difficult time in your life, and why? How did your perspective on life change as a result of the difficulty?
  4. Have you ever struggled mightily for something and succeeded? What made you successful?
  5. Have you ever struggled mightily for something and failed? How did you respond?
  6. Of everything in the world, what would you most like to be doing right now? Where would you most like to be? Who, of everyone living and dead, would you most like to be with? These questions should help you realize what you love most.
  7. Have you experienced a moment of epiphany, as if your eyes were opened to something you were previously blind to?
  8. What is your strongest, most unwavering personality trait? Do you maintain strong beliefs or adhere to a philosophy?
  9. How would your friends characterize you? What would they write about if they were writing your admissions essay for you?
  10. What have you done outside of the classroom that demonstrates qualities sought after by universities? Of these, which means the most to you?
  11. What are your most important extracurricular or community activities? What made you join these activities? What made you continue to contribute to them?
  12. What are your dreams of the future? When you look back on your life in thirty years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What people, things, and accomplishments do you need? How does this particular university fit into your plans for the future?
If these questions cannot cure your writer's block, consider the following exercises:

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Friday, June 13, 2008

How to write a novel

I wrote three novels before I got a nibble from a publisher. Several people have asked me how I managed to keep myself motivated, pushing myself to finish each one without any guarantee my work would ever be published. There's no secret sauce, I'm afraid - it very much depends on your personality and how determined you are to see things through to the bitter end.

So, what does it take to write a novel? Only five or ten percent of those who embark on the process end up with a finished draft, and while I may not be an expert I can at least share the experience from the perspective of someone who has done it before. I can't promise these tips will work for you, but they might work for the next writer to come across my web site and they certainly work for me.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

How to Write an Effective Letter - Some Tips

Letter Content:
Make sure your letter is addressed to a named individual (instead of "Dear Sir or Madame"). Contact information for political representatives can be found at your local library or via the Internet.
  • Be polite but firm.
  • Keep your letter short and to the point.
  • Make sure the information you give is factually correct.
  • Be clear about what you want to see happen - tell them exactly what action you would like them to take and make it as concrete as possible. (e.g. " I want you to stop this now" is not as helpful as " I would like you to make it a priority to work with the Soviet Ambassador to find alternate trapping methods.")
  • Appeal to their Business sense: As a constituent, let your representatives know that the way they deal with this issue (or fail to deal with it) may affect your voting decision in the next election.
  • If writing to someone in another geographical area, tell them that his/her position on the issue makes you reluctant to visit his/her country, state, or province, and that you are now inclined to spend your money elsewhere.
  • If you are writing to a company, tell them you will not purchase any more of their products and you will be alerting other consumers.
  • Give the full name of any proposed law or parliamentary bill that you want to see passed.
  • Include your name and address and ask for a reply.
  • Keep the pressure on. Is there anyone else to whom you can write?
  • Write letters to congratulate organizations and governments if they make changes to improve animal welfare.
Using the correct form address:

There are no hard and fast rules for addressing important officials. The following simple rules will help you achieve the right tone:
  • Presidents: Dear Mr./Ms. President
  • Mailing address to Members of Congress:The Honorable John Doe
  • Greeting to Member, Senate: Dear Senator
  • Greeting to Member, House of Representatives: Dear Congressman/woman
  • Mailing Address to Ambassadors: His/Her Excellency John/Jane Doe
  • Greeting to Ambassador: Dear Ambassador Doe
  • Prime Ministers: Dear Prime Minister Doe
  • End your letters: Respectfully yours or Sincerely
  • Other Officials and elected representatives:
    Dear (Title) Doe
    Writing to newspapers, TV or radio stations
If you want something to be published, make it as short and to the point as possible. Encourage the media to take more interest in one of WSPA's campaigns. Explain what you are doing locally to try and help animals.
Consider organizing a special event for one of WSPA's campaigns.

Your letters of protest and/or support can make a measurable difference in animal welfare. In the past, WSPA members have made tremendous strides in animal welfare through their letter writing campaigns. WSPA members from around the world sent thousands of letters to the government of Pakistan to protest infamous "bear-baiting" events in which de-clawed and de-toothed bears are pitted against trained fighting dogs. These letters helped convince officials to enforce their anti-cruelty laws and virtually shut down this horrific "sport."

Our members also pressured the government of Taiwan to pass the nation's first animal welfare law, which led to sweeping reforms and improvements in animal shelters and pet stores.

Source : http://www.wspa-usa.org/

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Travel Writing Resources

I love travel writing, but the strangeness of the internet marketplace means that sometimes I have to write travel articles about places that I’ve never been to. I’ve now done several of these, and here’s what I have learned from the process.

As a writer you can make connections between what you have done and what you are writing about. Okay, so you may not have visited a water park in Tenerife, but you might have visited one in Disneyworld. You can use your memories of that experience to add local color and a bit of excitement to your writing about the new location. No matter where you go in the world, water parks, museums, parks and other places of interest have many of the same features, which you can use as a way of getting started.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

10 Tips on Writing the Living Web

Some parts of the web are finished, unchanging creations – as polished and as fixed as books or posters. But many parts change all the time:
  • news sites bring up-to-the-minute developments, ranging from breaking news and sports scores to reports on specific industries, markets, and technical fields
  • weblogs, journals, and other personal sites provide a window on the interests and opinions of their creators
  • corporate weblogs, wikis, knowledge banks, community sites, and workgroup journals provide share news and knowledge among co-workers and supply-chain stakeholders
Some of these sites change every week; many change every day; a few change every few minutes. Daypop’s Dan Chan calls this the Living Web, the part of the web that is always changing.

Every revision requires new writing, new words that become the essence of the site. Living sites are only as good as today’s update. If the words are dull, nobody will read them, and nobody will come back. If the words are wrong, people will be misled, disappointed, infuriated. If the words aren’t there, people will shake their heads and lament your untimely demise.

Writing for the Living Web is a tremendous challenge. Here are ten tips that can help.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Best-selling authors writing new chapter on book promotion

That bestseller tucked in your bag might be a great beach read, but odds are the author had to sweat more promoting the book than he did writing it.

Marketing books has always been a tough business, but these days authors are joining forces with the publicity machine and working everything from fashion layouts to product endorsements to keep their amazon.com rank at the top.

“It can definitely get creative,” said Emily Giffin, author of four novels, including the current bestseller “Love the One You’re With” (St. Martins, $24.95). Giffin, who was in Boston last week on a book tour, missed her reading at a local Barnes & Noble because of a canceled flight. But no worries - that wasn’t her only Hub event. She had plenty of time to make it to her book party at J. Crew, where shoppers could buy “Love,” get discounts on clothes and sip cocktails.

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Grant-Writing Tips

The most important thing for grant-writers to remember is that they might submit a perfect application and still receive a rejection. Most foundations have limited resources with which to fund projects. Do not get discouraged if you get a rejection from a possible funding source.

READ the grantor's guidelines and instructions carefully. Do not try to make the grantor's program fit what you want to do - your program must be in line with the funding agency's priorities.

Ideas should be innovative, creative and educational. Grantors will rarely fund operating expenses - they usually invest in supplemental programs. Private foundations often seek creative solutions to problems/needs, but they usually do not wish to fund risky projects. Try proposing a project that puts a fresh spin on an existing idea.

Keep your goals realistic! It is important to have an evaluation plan. Grantors want to know if the projects they fund are successful--that your project is meeting its goals.

Is your project replicable? If so, tell the grantor how you plan to extend the project to other grades or schools.

Have a reasonable, detailed budget. Do your homework on costs prior to submitting your application and be sure to explain your budget even if there are no requirements to do so.

If possible, cite research that supports the program for which you are requesting funding. SchoolGrants provides links to a number of helpful resources where you will find surveys and research to support various projects. (Those who have purchased the SchoolGrants Let's Write a Grant interactive CD have links to an assortment of research reports that will assist you in your grant-writing efforts. Information for accessing these reports is on the CD.)

Clarity in communicating your ideas is very important. Have someone who is not involved in the project in any way read and critique your draft application.

Proofread! Spelling and grammar errors do not convey a positive image.

Follow the grantor's instructions to the letter. Applications are turned away when they do not exactly meet the funding agency's requirements.

If your project is rejected, ask the grantor for reviewer comments. The comments can offer invaluable tips for improving your future grant applications. Never forget to write thank-you notes - even if your project is not funded initially!

Source : http://www.schoolgrants.org/

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Writing for Children

If you're writing books for children, here are some tips - just a random assortment of ideas to help you if you want to start a career in children's writing:

  • Find subjects to write about NB kids love creative writing
  • Manage your time
  • Decide on the approach to use in your children's stories
  • Portray 'real' children in your stories
  • Meet others involved in writing for children
  • Approach children's literature publishers
  • Enjoy yourself!
  1. Spend some time jotting down memories of childhood - sights, sounds, feelings, events, friends and so on.
  2. Spend time with children of the age group you want to write for.
  3. Start a group of writers who are interested in writing for children.
  4. Visit libraries and talk to librarians about the books children like best.
  5. Read the winners of the Children's Book of the Year Awards
  6. Visit book stores and talk to the proprietors about which books children like best.
  7. Ask book store owners which books adults buy for children.
  8. Study published books for a range of age groups to get the 'feel' of the way children think and talk.
  9. Read your work out loud to get a feel for the rhythms of children's speech in dialogue.
  10. Read your work out loud to eliminate any long or unclear sentences.
  11. Visit playgroups, playgrounds, shopping malls, the beach and other places where children congregate; talk to their parents and watch the way children interact, speak and play together.
  12. Approach your work as a children's author like a professional. Study the craft carefully, and don't expect instant success. All successful people have put in some kind of apprenticeship.
  13. lnvest in professional equipment. Although you can write stories by hand, you should submit your work to a publisher professionally printed or typed.
  14. Be prepared to work with editors if they request changes to your manuscript.
  15. Enrol in courses and/or attend workshops to learn fiction writing techniques.
  16. When you send your work to a publisher make sure it is typed on A4 paper, double-spaced with wide margins all round. The text should be clear black, not greyish.
  17. Enrol in courses and/or attend workshops to learn correct manuscript layout and submission procedure.
  18. Build a professional library of books and magazines on writing skills.
  19. Be as creative as you can when writing, then look at your work objectively when it comes to editing.
  20. If an editor expresses interest in your work, make sure you meet agreed deadlines.
  21. Always be courteous towards editors and publishers, even if you're (a) hurt that they rejected your work or (b) dissatisfied with changes they've made.
  22. Find a quiet area in which you can work and leave the manuscript in progress.
  23. Learn time-management skills to make the best use of your writing time.
  24. If possible, establish a routine which allows you to sit down about the same time every day to work on your writing.
  25. Learn to delegate tasks to others to make more time for writing.
  26. Set realistic goals and stick to them.
  27. Find another writer, or someone who knows a lot about children's books, to read and give opinions on your work.
  28. Remember that children like action. Don't have your characters sitting around and thinking for a great deal of the time.
  29. Children love suspense. Keep them wondering, and they'll keep turning pages.
  30. Don't let your story stand still while you describe the scenery.
  31. lf you want to write picture books, carefully study popular picture books to see how much of the story is carried by the illustrations.
  32. lmagine your picture book divided into pages. On each page, the words should describe something (action, person, animal) which is readily illustrated.
  33. The text which guides each successive illustration in a picture book should build the story, and not be too similar to previous illustrations.
  34. Children love humour. Learn to write it and your books will walk off the shelves.
  35. Not all children sound the same, so make sure your characters don't all sound the same.
  36. Learn how to talk to children of different ages, so you can get extra work in schools as a visiting author.
  37. Think about joining a drama group. This will help you to act out parts for children when talking to groups at schools about writing.
  38. Do a scriptwriting course to help you (a) handle dialogue and action better and (b) learn how to write plays for children.
  39. Try writing short stories for school magazines.
  40. Keep a file of newspaper and magazine clippings that stimulate story ideas.
  41. Join a professional writer's association.
  42. Network with other children's writers. Go to where they're speaking or doing a reading.
  43. Check your work for the basics before sending it to an editor - grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  44. Last but not least (it bears repeating) include humour in your writing - children love to laugh!
Source : http://www.write101.com/

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

6 Steps to Writing a Professional Bio

  1. Keep it short

    When writing a bio, remember the difference between bio and biography.

    Bio = short. Biography = long.

    A good bio is short. Because if it's too long, people won't read it. What you see in the Pharmacist bio template above is the short bio template followed by the beginning of the long bio template. We provide the short version and the longer version for all our bio templates.

    Most of the time it's best to limit your bio to three or four sentences, like in the short bio template shown above. This is particularly true for a professional bio that you would use when being introduced as a speaker, or at the end of an article you have written.

    When writing a bio for your website, you can make it a little longer if you wish (see point 6 below).

  2. Write in the third person

    What this means is that you write your professional bio as though someone else is talking about you. So instead of writing "I am" and "I graduated", you would write "Jane Smith is" and "She graduated".

    Use your full name (first and last) the first time. After that, it's up to you whether you want to refer to yourself by your full name, just your first name, or just your last name. Here are some tips to keep in mind about the use of your name:
    • first names are friendly and informal, while last names are more conservative and formal
    • use your first name if you are trying to develop a relationship with your reader (e.g. you want them to hire you)
    • use your last name (e.g. "Smith graduated from" instead of "Tom graduated from") if you want your reader to be impressed by you consider the norms of the industry you work in: a personal coach may choose to use just the first name, whereas a medical doctor may choose to use a title "Dr. Smith"
    • whichever form you decide to use, keep it consistent throughout your bio

  3. Briefly highlight your main achievements

  4. The key words here are "briefly" and "achievements". The purpose of a professional bio is to demonstrate your professional credibility. Unlike a resume (which should include your complete career history), a professional bio only needs to cover the "high points" of your career.

    Here's another way to think about it: your professional bio is a little advertisement for you or your business. And as you know, the best advertisements are memorable because they highlight the best features with very few words.

    Ideally, your professional bio will address what I call the “four reader questions”. These are the four questions that readers want answered in your professional bio:

    1. who you are...
    2. your expertise and how it addresses...
    3. their problem or goal, and how they can...
    4. contact you

  5. Personal information is optional

  6. In our bio templates, we include a paragraph where you can mention personal information such as where you're from, who you live with, and what you like doing in your spare time. This is completely optional.

    Some people say that personal information is not relevant in a professional bio, because it has nothing to do with the job. That may be true, but I find that most readers like getting a sense of who you are outside of your professional role. And that brings us to point #5:

  7. Don't be bland - let your personality show

    Since your professional bio is an advertisement for you, make it reflect the real you. If you're a down-to-earth person, use unpretentious language. If you have a particular passion, let the reader know. If you love to joke around, include some humor in your bio (but be careful, humor can be tricky).

  8. If you decide to write a longer bio

  9. As mentioned in point #1, when writing a professional bio for your website you can make it a little longer if you wish. The bio templates that we sell give you an option of using either the short bio template, or the long bio template that elaborates on the information in the short bio.

    If you choose to write a longer bio, make sure you break it into short paragraphs (no more than three sentences in each paragraph). Studies show that when people are faced with a large block of text (especially on a computer screen), they just scan over it quickly.

    By making your paragraphs nice and short, you'll increase the likelihood that people will actually read your bio. And that's what you want, right?

Monday, June 2, 2008

Write an Annotated Bibliography

1. Definition

A bibliography is usually thought of as an alphabetical listing of books at the end of a written work (book, book chapter, or article), to which the author referred during the research and writing process. In addition to books, bibliographies can include sources such as articles, reports, interviews, or even non-print resources like Web sites, video or audio recordings. Because they may include such varied resources, bibliographies are also referred to as 'references', 'works cited' or 'works consulted' (the latter can include those titles that merely contributed to research, but were not specifically cited in text). The standard bibliography details the citation information of the consulted sources: author(s), date of publication, title, and publisher's name and location (and for articles: journal title, volume, issue and page numbers). The primary function of bibliographic citations is to assist the reader in finding the sources used in the writing of a work.

To these basic citations, the annotated bibliography adds descriptive and evaluative comments (i.e., an annotation), assessing the nature and value of the cited works. The addition of commentary provides the future reader or researcher essential critical information and a foundation for further research.

2. Composition

While an annotation can be as short as one sentence, the average entry in an annotated bibliography consists of a work's citation information followed by a short paragraph of three to six sentences, roughly 150 words in length. Similar to the literature review except for the shorter length of its entries, the annotated bibliography is compiled by:

  • Considering scope: what types of sources (books, articles, primary documents, Web sites, non-print materials) will be included? how many (a sampling or a comprehensive list)? (Your instructor may set these guidelines)
  • Conducting a search for the sources and retrieving them
  • Evaluating retrieved sources by reading them and noting your findings and impressions
  • Once a final group of sources has been selected, giving full citation data (according to the bibliographic style [e.g., APA, Chicago, MLA] prescribed by your instructor) and writing an annotation for each source; do not list a source more than once
Annotations begin on the line following the citation data and may be composed with complete sentences or as verb phrases (the cited work being understood as the subject)—again at the discretion of the instructor. The annotation should include most, if not all, of the following:
  • Explanation of the main purpose and scope of the cited work
  • Brief description of the work's format and content
  • Theoretical basis and currency of the author's argument
  • Author's intellectual/academic credentials
  • Work's intended audience
  • Value and significance of the work as a contribution to the subject under consideration
  • Possible shortcomings or bias in the work
  • Any significant special features of the work (e.g., glossary, appendices, particularly good index)
  • Your own brief impression of the work
Although these are many of the same features included in a literature review, the emphasis of bibliographic annotation should be on brevity.

3. PURPOSE

Not to be confused with the abstract—which merely gives a summary of the main points of a work—the annotated bibliography both describes and evaluates those points. Whether an annotated bibliography concludes an article or book—or is even itself a comprehensive, book-length listing of sources—its purposes are the same:
  • To illustrate the scope and quality of one's own research
  • To review the literature published on a particular topic
  • To provide the reader/researcher with supplementary, illustrative or alternative sources
  • To allow the reader to see if a particular source was consulted
  • To provide examples of the type of resources available on a given topic
  • To place original research in a historical context

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Effective writing: Mistakes in writing undermine credibility

You may be an expert in your field, however, if you make errors in your writing, you will loose credibility. Although the number and complexity of grammatical rules is daunting, flaunting them will make you seem uneducated, careless and a poor proofreader. That said, people shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. To do so would be poor judgement which is all too common these days.

If you were to encounter a paragraph like the preceding one in real life, you would have no confidence in the writer or the writer's message. It contains 10 errors. Can you identify and correct all 10 errors?

The first sentence contains two major errors. The comma splice could be corrected by replacing the comma before "however" with a semicolon or a period. The misspelled word "loose" should be "lose."

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