Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Writing Flash Fiction

With the advent of the Internet, editors are looking for shorter works, more easily read on a computer screen. The current term is "flash fiction", a tale between 300-1000 words long. Longer than micro-fiction (10-300 words) but shorter than traditional short stories (3000-5000 words preferred by most magazines), flash fiction is usually a story of a single act, sometimes the culmination of several unwritten events.

This article will offer several strategies for writing flash fiction. Used by themselves or in combination, the writer can focus their story to that brief, interesting event.

1) The small idea

Look for the smaller ideas in larger ones. To discuss the complex interrelationship of parents and children you'd need a novel. Go for a smaller piece of that complex issue. How kids feel when they aren't included in a conversation. What kids do when they are bored in the car. Middle child. Bad report card. Find a smaller topic and build on it.

2) Bury the preamble in the opening

When you write your story, don't take two pages to explain all the pre-story. Find a way to set it all in the first paragraph, then get on with the rest of the tale.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Are you a fool for mnemonics? If so, you’ll fall head over nubucks for Mignon Fogarty–a.k.a. the Grammar Girl–and her handy new audio guide to writing and speaking well.

It’s chock-full of smart little anecdotes and memory tricks for felling the most common grammatical foes (who can ever remember the difference between “nauseous” and “nauseated” anyway?) and at just an hour long it’s the perfect turn-to resource for students and professionals alike. I didn’t try too hard to stump Grammar Girl in our Q&A, but with her eagle eyes she spotted my grammatical (typographical?) misstep without missing a beat! –Anne Bartholomew

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Creative writing tips: let your creativity show

Creative writing tips: helps the writer who struggles with using creative fiction techniques. In this article, you will find a smorgasborg of scintilating ideas!

How can I allow me creativity show in my writing?

You can spice up your writing by adding something creative or even something new that you've never seen done. We writers try to look at the world a little differently. In order to keep those ideas fresh; try using a touch of magic.

What do you mean by magic?

Writers use "magic" in many ways to dress-up their writing. Every writer needs to find a style that works for them. Many times the techniques that fiction writers use will help to touch your reader. You can bring a little pizzazz to your non-fiction articles by using these many different techniques. Just because it is non-fiction doesn't mean that it shouldn't be dazzling prose. You can use many techniques to bring impact, adding sparkle to your message. Here are some ideas.

  1. Use over-exaggerated examples to describe a point. Here are a few examples:

    Ex: Your prose will reach out and grab the reader!
    Ex: If you employ these techniques then you can write like a best-selling author!

  2. Humor can make the reader smile, leaving a pleasant feeling. Here is an example:

    Ex: It's too bad I'm not a writer. Then I would be able to tell you how to do all of these wonderful things.

  3. Often a creative analogy can make your reader relate to your ideas. Using something that the reader can relate to will often help them to hear what your message is much more clearly.

    Use a funny anecdote or humorous analogy.

    This technique makes your point more real to your reader, while entertaining him or her immensely.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Summer holiday travel writing competition

Ever fancied yourself as a travel writer? We are inviting readers to write a short feature about their 2008 summer holiday.

Send us 500 words on your holiday, explaining what made it special - with as much detail as possible (place names, names of hotels/B&Bs/restaurants, what you especially enjoyed seeing and doing?). The best five entries, as chosen by our editors, will each win one of our five holiday prizes, and will be published in full in the Travel section of the Guardian and on guardian.co.uk/travel on August 30, along with numerous runners-up.

There are five categories - and five different prizes up for grabs, which will be announced on guardian.co.uk/travel over the next week.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ten Writing Tips for Creating an Effective Code of Conduct

You have been given the task of writing an effective code of conduct for your organization. A blank pad of paper rests in front of you along with a freshly sharpened number two pencil and a mint fresh copy of Roget's Thesaurus. Ten minutes pass. Twenty minutes slip away.

You've held meetings, sought and received input, looked at samples, identified provisions you want in your code of conduct and yet nothing springs out of your mind and onto the page. Why not? You're a good writer. You were chosen for this project because your reports are fact filled and precise; you are a champ at describing processes in concrete terms. What's wrong with you?

Nothing.

You are simply faced with the reality of writing about abstract concepts rather than the physical world. To start writing a code of conduct, think in terms of values, belief and expectations rather than facts.

Tip 1: Think in terms of values, beliefs and expectations rather than facts

People within an organization are inclined to feel that their situation in life is unique and that no other organization is faced with the same challenges, constraints and operational realities that they have to deal with on a daily basis. The sense of individual uniqueness is countered somewhat by a sense of group unity. The group is unified behind a core of shared beliefs that may be informally recognized within the organization or may codified in the form of an organizational values statement.

The organization's values are the foundation upon which the code of conduct will grow. They express what a group of people drawn together as an organization believes in the words of Frank Navran, "… to be right, good and fair."

Once you recognize that you are not writing a report and that you may be called on to use language you usually avoid in formal reports because it may imply that you are judgmental or are assigning values to actions, you'll be able to start writing.

Tip 2: Put your thesaurus back on the bookshelf.

In most hands a thesaurus is a dangerous weapon. Lock it away and resist the temptation to use it. Your code will benefit from common language usually employed in your organization and understood readily by employees at all levels. This doesn't mean you should become immersed in jargon. "Keep it simple," is the best advice for codes. In the words of a former professor of mine, "Eschew pomposity and verbosity assiduously."

Tip 3: Choose to be concise…within reason.

Conciseness can be a virtue. It can also be boring and choppy. To find a happy medium, avoid long sentences with linked phrases. Instead write sentences that express one thought and vary in length. A mix of short and medium-length sentences tend to hold your readers' attention better than will long, complex sentences.

Tip 4: Use active voice rather than passive.

While there is a place in writing for passive voice, active voice tends to convey ideas more clearly and with fewer words. In sentences written in active voice, the subject performs the action expressed in the verb. In passive voice, the subject is acted upon by the verb. Overuse of passive voice tends to make prose flat and uninteresting and passive voice sentences tend to be awkward. For example, "The code is required annual reading." [PASSIVE] "You are required to read the code annually." [ACTIVE]

Tip 5: Give examples when it is appropriate to do so.

If there is any doubt about the meaning of a code provision, an example may help provide clarity. Codes may vary in length and content. Those that are more compliance-oriented than value-centered may be better understood if you provide good, generic examples of what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable conduct.

Tip 6: Remember to write for your reader.

By this point in the process, you have become your organization's expert on the code of conduct. Don't lose sight of your readers. Something obvious to you may not be obvious to them. Think about what you are writing in terms of readers who have NOT had your experience with the code.

Tip 7: Don't attempt to write polished prose when drafting.

DREP - Draft; review; edit; and, polish. Draft the entire code without being overly concerned about grammatical errors, punctuation and word choice. Once you have a draft on paper, review it carefully for clarity, content, conciseness, grammar, spelling and punctuation and clean it up. Edit the cleaned copy paying special attention to word choices and meaning. Finally, polish your final draft with the understanding that the next tip may just bring you back to this tip one more time.

Tip 8: Read your work aloud to yourself.

When you read your written work aloud, you will find errors and points of confusion because you have involved another of your senses. After all, you have thought about the code, written at least two drafts, edited a draft, and polished the text. Hearing the words may detect problems that your eyes, which are use to seeing the copy, have missed. If you find errors, repeat tips 7 and 8 until it sounds right as well as looks right.

Tip 9: Make your writing look easy to read.

Take a look at your final draft and ask the critical question, "How does this look to me?" You want this final draft to look professional because the reviewers you will pass it to next will judge what you have done based on its appearance as well as what you have written. Avoid using words and phrases written all in capital letters unless they are acronyms or unless they are specialized terms that are always written in fully capitalized form. Avoid presenting material in lengthy stretches of italics. They are hard to read. Avoid odd type fonts, especially those that mimic handwriting.

Tip 10: Have others, especially your harshest critics, read what you have written.

Once you are satisfied that what you have written makes sense and looks good, obtain the opinion of others. Sure, you can have some of your friends read what you have written. They may give you good feedback or they may sugarcoat their comments to you. I like to choose the critics who are the harshest judges of my work for a final review. If I can get what I have written past them, I have succeeded.

Good luck with your code.

Source : http://www.ethics.org/

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Ten Tips for Writing a Publishable Novel

  1. Write from the inside out. Determine what is fascinating about you, as well as what you find fascinating in life, and write from your unique perspective. That we each possess a story that we alone can write is the biggest advantage any of us have in the publishing industry. Use it!

  2. Anchor every scene with telling details. Allow your reader to easily form a mental picture. Remember to remind readers what your characters look like and give your characters a tag so that they can be sorted out quickly. This allows your action to feel real and pulls the reader into your story.

  3. Establish author authenticity, which is what allows your reader to suspend disbelief. Authenticity is established by seamlessly blending factual information into your story by virtue of those “telling details.” Authenticity is not achieved by the author’s simply knowing that his story is “how it really happened.”

  4. Accept the possibility that you might be writing or have written the wrong book. We writers are too often derailed at criticism of our early attempts at fiction. We can keep trying to improve our initial work, as though we’re incapable of selling any manuscript if we can’t sell this particular one. No writing is ever wasted. You will carry what you’ve learned to your next manuscript.

  5. Start immediately before the inciting incident that will shift the balance of your main character’s life. Let your reader in on how things were before this key shift of power occurred that has changed the hero’s life. That’s the fastest way to engage your reader in the story.

  6. Build your plot so that each action leads to a reaction that heightens the suspense. The adult novel typically requires twenty plot points in which an action is taken or a discovery is made that forces the characters to react.

  7. Never let your character eat an apple when he can be eating fried Cheerios. This is another way of saying: Make every word count. If you can, in this example, show your character eating something unusual, you enliven your prose and characterize at once.

  8. Wonderful, compelling characters can compensate for almost anything. We read fiction for characters. Without them, the plot is just a string of events, and we can read about events in the newspaper. As you write, remember that each and every one of your characters has lived for many years before page one takes its first snapshot of their lives.

  9. Conflict is the heart and soul of fiction. Strand your hero on the face of a cliff and throw rocks at him. When you’re being nice to your hero or heroine, you’re being bad to your book. Keep the conflict—and hence the suspense—going till the very end.

  10. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot. It’s surprisingly tempting to send off a manuscript when the writer knows it’s not quite as good as it can be, or to send it to an editor or agent who isn’t looking for this type of work. That provides a ready excuse for why the book was rejected, but also all-but guarantees that it will be.

Author's Bio

* Leslie Caine is the author of the mystery DEATH BY INFERIOR DESIGN for Bantam/Dell, as well as 10 mysteries for Ballantine published under the name Leslie O’Kane.

For more information please visit the author’s website at http://www.lesliecaine.com

Source : http://www.selfgrowth.com/

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Types of Journal Writing

There are two main types of journal formats that are used for journal writing or creative writing.

  1. Freestyle
  2. Structured or guided format
Freestyle Journaling - This is the format where you can use a blank writing journal, notebook or sketchbook to record your journal entries. Whether you use journal writing prompts or choose your own topic for the day - you essentially exercise your creativity by allowing your thoughts to flow freely from your mind and onto the page.

Structured or guided format - This type of journal has a series of fill-in-the-blank type journal entries. You fill in your responses to a variety of questions, many times related to one topic or season of life like preserving memories of baby’s first year or other special times like teen memories or that all important wedding day. Some journals like these are called memory books or keepsake books and combine many of the great features of both a writing journal and a scrapbook.

There are several types of writing journals that you can use to enhance yourjournal writing experience. Below are a few of the most common ones. Often times you can purchase one suited for a specific purpose or dedicate any type of writing journal that suits your lifestyle, interests, or season in life best.
  1. Personal writing journal- A personal writing journal is by far the most popular type of journal. In this type of writing journal, you can write your personal thoughts about anything you want. You can write about your dreams, how you feel about something or someone, your day's events, etc...
  2. Creative Writing Journal - A creative writing journal is a great way to record those short (or long) stories, poems, musical lyrics and/or drawings that are just waiting to escape your subconscious mind and come alive on paper. Many times people daydream and get poems, ideas, etc. that sound just right at the moment and then become lost in the subconscious mind because they didn't take a moment to write it down. So, be sure to always keep a journal and pen handy - whether you decide to keep a journal specifically for creative writing or not, you'll always be prepared to jot those thoughts and ideas down on paper - you never know what'll emerge!

    I’ve known many writers who keep a journal on their nightstands for when inspiration strikes in the middle of the night.

  3. Memory Book or Journal. As mentioned above, a memory book or journal usually comes in a structured or guided format. It allows you to store photos and record details about your thoughts, experiences and feelings for the most memorable things that occur during a particular stage of your life. These are things that you will likely want to remember and reflect upon sometime in the future. Again, many combine great features of both a writing journal and a scrapbook.

  4. Gratitude Journal - one of Oprah's favorites. A gratitude journal is simply a journal where you reflect on the things that you are grateful for in your life. They can be specific things that occurred in that particular day or just reflections of things in general that you are grateful for and want to record. It is an excellent way for you to stay more focused on the positive things in your life and more fully appreciate the beauty of the simple things in life.

  5. Prayer Journal - A prayer journal is one where you can write many of your thoughts and prayers out on paper to God. You can share what's on your mind - problems, dreams, questions, etc. Oftentimes people will read certain scriptures first and then write in their prayer journal how they believe God wants them to apply what they've just read to their own lives. Or people will write out a prayer or questions they have about life in general that they're seeking answers to from God.

  6. Family Journal- A family journal is a journal that members of your immediate family (or family-like members) share together. Your family can use this type to share each other's thoughts relating to family issues, problems, goals, opportunities, etc. Or your family can use afamily journal to share thoughts about world events and issues. Like all types of writing journals, the possibilities are endless. Many families keep their family journal in a place that all members are sure to visit on a regular basis. A popular place for many is the one place that everyone in your family is sure to visit - the bathroom!!! The whole point is that besides talking, a family journal is a great way for family members to communicate with each other, to have fun, and learn more about each other.

  7. Friendship Journal - Like a family journal, a friendship journal is one that you share with a close friend. One of the best ways to keep a friendship journal is for each of you to have a journal in whatever style that you choose and write significant thoughts in your journal as often as possible. You can decide between yourselves to discuss certain issues or themes or just write from your heart. Then after a certain amount of time (say a month or so) trade your journals, read your entries and then return them to each other so that you both can finish writing in them. This is a great way to stay in touch with long-distance friends. You can even choose to focus on a particular theme for a week, month (or any length of time). For instance, you both can decide that one week you will focus on what you imagine your lives to be like 10 years from today.

  8. Scrapbook - A scrapbook is a great type of journal for pasting important memorabilia like photos, concert ticket stubs, airline tickets, brochures, special cards, postcards, sketches, newspaper clippings - the possibilities are endless. You can use a large blank book, photo album or special memory book or scrapbook.

  9. Sketchbook - Use a sketchbook or notebook with blank pages and draw your ideas, feelings, thoughts, etc on paper in addition to or instead of writing them out. Use markers, pens, crayons, pencils, paint, colored pencils or whatever writing utensil you want to use to convey what you want. Make sure that you date your drawing and write a short description of what it is that you are drawing about.

  10. Travel Journal – A travel journal is the perfect place to record all of the memorable details of your voyages to places both near and far. Use a travel journal to not only write down the exciting details of your trip, but as a place to store brochures, airline tickets, and other great memorabilia gathered from your travels.
Source : http://www.scribetime.com/

Monday, July 21, 2008

Seven Steps to Writing Well on Any Subject

Five minutes ago you'd never heard of the Southeast Asian binturong, but now you've agreed to write an article on its lifecycle and habitat ... all by the end of the day. Here's a plan to get you from a blank sheet of paper to a well-written article.

1. Think It Through

You don't have to be an expert to write intelligently on any subject, but you do need enough knowledge to convince your reader that you know what you're talking about. Spend some time thinking and researching before you sit down to write. What's interesting, unique, important, or exciting about the subject? Why would someone want to read about it? Shift your imagination into high gear.

2. Write It Down

When you have some ideas to work with, start writing. Let your imagination run wild. Don't worry about proper sentence structure at this point -- just get your thoughts out in front of you and go with the flow. Ideas are like potato chips... if you have one, you'll probably have lots more.

3. Fill It In

Go back through what you've written and add more detail. Fill in the blanks. Connect the ideas. Build the structure. This is where you establish your style and tone. Think about who's going to read your work and choose words that make sense to the people you're writing for. Junior high students don't use the same vocabulary as research scientists.

4. Let It Rest

If the words aren't fitting together quite right, take a break. Clear your mind and let go of any angst you're feeling about your writing. When you start again, it will be easier to see what's working and what needs more work.

5. Check It Out

When you've completed a rough draft, read it through from beginning to end. Do you have a catchy title and an engaging lead? Does the body hold the reader's interest? Does it make sense? Don't rely on a spell-check program to catch your errors. Print out a copy and read it out loud. Your ears can catch the mistakes your eyes missed.

6. Clean It Up

Go back and fix any spelling, punctuation or grammar errors you found. Use a dictionary, thesaurus, and a style book to smooth the rough spots and polish your words until they shine. Edit, read, and repeat as needed.

7. Pass It Around

Ask someone else to read what you've written. You know your mother and your best friend will think it's great, so try to get feedback from somebody who doesn't already think you're perfect. Be open to suggestions and willing to make changes, but ultimately you must be certain they are your words and that they speak well for you.

Follow these steps and you'll find that good writing is both a destination and a journey you'll enjoy.

Research your ideas now!

Source : http://www.write101.com/

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Effective writing: Easy method to figure out how to write your numbers

Have you ever wondered whether to write a number as a word or as a figure? Here are four (4) rules that will help you make the correct choice.

First, how about a little warm-up quiz? Choose the correct numbers usage in the following sentences.

"You have thirty/30 seconds to read these four sentences and make your picks."

"These four/4 rules apply to at least twelve/12 common situations."

"Four hundred/400 or more people turned out for the solstice celebration on the Stone Arch Bridge."

"Are you ready for the four/(4) rules?"

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Ten Tips for Writing an Effective Mission Statement

As the head of your company, you are the one who really knows how your business works — and the one who needs to tell the world just what makes your business so special. Writing an effective, engaging, and clearly defined mission statement is the best way to announce your company’s goals to customers, clients, investors, and even employees.

Your mission statement is the vehicle to get the word out about the “why” and the “wow” behind your company. In truth, your mission statement is no less important than your business plan. It needs to explain — eloquently, succinctly, and passionately — the core reasons for your business’s existence. Your mission statement should inspire others to want to know more about your ideas, helping to position your company in the marketplace and to fuel growth.

Here are 10 effective mission statement-writing tips to help you get started:

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

How to Write Rap Lyrics

So, you wanna be a rapper? Before you can write a rap song, you need to know how to do the lyrics. You can't just rhyme one word with another. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Steps :

  1. Think of a subject to help start off your rap, like how you can't be messed with, etc. Example: "If ur gonna mess, realize it's not free, coz i can eazily rob you off ur glee, messing with me, has a fee."

  2. Make sure the intro to your verse is strong. Set yourself up for a good rhyme scheme. Man! its strong palm down,punch'em get em strong man.Girls you too but you never heard a girl put it down like this, kill for.

  3. Create a good rhyme scheme; you don't always need one,but it helps man!.It helps the flow sound more enjoyable,example: 50 cent has a bounce flow, up and down, Jay-Z Flow goes side to side. This is important if you're making hits.

  4. Notice that most rappers use multi-rhymes(example: Kill For, Still Roll).Put these at the end line after each bar and see how hot your raps turn out. Count the syllables.

  5. Let some of your friends read it and get their opinions, and if they have any suggestions write em down (get at least three friends opinions). When you get back to your writing area, redo the song with the suggestions from your friends and then go over it and make sure that the changes keep the flow.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

How to write an RFP Proposal Cover Letter

What is an RFP Proposal Cover Letter

An RFP Proposal Cover Letter , also known as Letter of Transmittal, should accompany your response to the RFP questionnaire you received from the organization requesting proposals from prospective providers.

Why write a proposal cover letter?
Beyond merely being the authorization of your proposal by your organization, the RFP proposal cover letter gives you a unique opportunity to emphasize

  1. how your offering matches the RFP issuer's needs, and
  2. what are the benefits they may thusly reap from identifying your solution as the best match for their requirements.
When the time comes, remember that the RFP Proposal Cover Letter plays exactly the same role as the Cover Letter for a Résumé. So, take a particular attention on how you will write your RFP Proposal Cover letter. It is the first mandatory gate towards the path of winning the contract. Don't miss it.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Calligraphy – The Art of Beautiful Writing

Would you be delighted about greetings, handwritten with loving care? No matter whether on cardboard, stone, wood or vases & pots of terracotta – just confer a most individual touch on these objects and place brilliant accents. A beautiful handwriting is by no means a matter of know-how. In the following short calligraphy writing course you’ll come to know how a most beautiful hand is realized with a few steps after a bit of practice.

You need cardboard and the lacquer painting pin calligraphy (available in white, silver, gold, copper and black)

To become familiar with the lacquer painting pin calligraphy with wedge-shaped point: First try a few swings on the cardboard.

Place the lacquer painting pen calligraphy at a 45 degree angle to the horizontal line on the paper and draw, as shown in the first illustration, vertical lines. Movement is started from the fingers. The complete hand is moved only for longer lines.

Then try as well to draw horizontal lines, circles and semicircles. Important: continue the angle.

Tip: To maintain a uniform writing: continue the 45 degree angle. Alteration of the laying angle leads to a change in the form of letters. To correct the angle: move the wrist or change the distance between elbow and body.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

How to Create Your Own Travel Journal

One thing I have learned on this trip: Life is never what you expected it to be. We had originally planned to celebrate our eighth anniversary in the desert at Chaco Canyon. But, at the last second, Charles surprised me with a trip to Ouray, Colorado, otherwise known as the "Switzerland of America." It was fabulous!

I miss the red rocks of Chaco, but a little mountain air, and a soak in the healing waters of a lovely hot springs behind the hotel soothed my soul. We relaxed in wooden tubs on the mountainside, watching butterflies and hummingbirds and ravens fly overhead. This is the sweet life!

After a soak, we drove to nearby Ridgway to check out the action. Just a typical day in this slowpoke mountain town. We saw a coffee-shop and bookstore, and went in to check out their selection. It was a tiny place, with just enough room to turn around with a book and a cup of joe in your hand. We also visited their thrift store, in the hopes of picking up some new tapes for the stereo in our car. (I don't care how much you love The Police and Steve Miller Band. I say you can only listen to them 1,000 times before they lose their charm!) Charles scored with a boatload of 80s bands (Go Bon Jovi!), along with some random classical, tribal and New Age finds. I surfed their extensive collection of second-hand books and was able to find TONS of great books to read, including a hardback copy of "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" by Susanna Clarke for only five bucks. What a score — and we were supporting a great cause. All of their proceeds go to the local Humane Society.

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Effective Article Writing - Do the Research First!

If you are going to spend your precious time writing articles to gain traffic to your web site they must appeal to both the search engines and your potential readers. Therefore this article will discuss the research you must do even before writing the article, then provide an outline
on how to actually write it.

What to do before writing your article:

1. Choose a topic

Your goal is to write on a topic where you solve someone's
(or your own) problem i.e.

-7 reasons to use articles to market your web site
-How to write an effective article
-How to market your articles to boost your web traffic

Sometimes it's difficult to come up with a topic that you feel inspired to write about. I usually write about some problem I've come across while working with my web design business. It could be a design problem or something related to it such as marketing or hosting. Then after having
solved this problem I feel comfortable writing about it. I also feel good that this article will then help others that may have struggled with the same problem.

If I still don't have a subject I feel passionate about, I will visit forums, read online newsletters or magazines related to my field of interest. I may also talk to friends in the same business. They often share some of the problems that they have encountered.

2. Keyword research

Another goal of article writing is to make your article search engine friendly. This means including searchable keywords that search engines will spider. Therefore researching appropriate keywords before weaving them into your article is crucial.

Use the keyword suggestion tool at http://www.digitalpoint.com/tools/suggestion/ to find which words or phrases are searched on most often. It will display the top results for both overture and wordtracker. The numbers differ because overtures data is based on more
searches whereas wordtracker differentiates between single and plural forms of the word or phrase.

Include your researched keywords into your article being careful not to repeat them so often that it won't read smoothly. You want to your article to appeal to your readers also.

3. Article length - begin with just writing out your article without worrying too much about the length. It's more important to let all your ideas flow out of your mind first. If you think it's getting too long split it up into two or more articles. It's often easier to write a short
article of 500 words than one of 1000 words.

Most article publishers prefer articles between 500 to 800 words and will not accept articles any longer than that. Others prefer longer articles over 800 words so check with the publisher before you submit your article for publication.

You can easily check how long your article is by placing it in MS Word. Then go to "tools" - "word count" to get a read out of the length.

Source : http://www.isitebuild.com/

Friday, July 11, 2008

Essay writing competition

Urdu Patrakar Sangh is organising an inter collegiate essay writing competition among budding journalists to inculcate journalistic writing skills. The last date for receiving entries is August 15. Cash rewards would be given to the winners.

URDU PATRAKAR Sangh, as the name suggests, is an organisation of journalists attached to all the major Urdu newspapers and news agencies in Maharashtra and has been serving the cause of Urdu journalism vigorously.

In order to inculcate the habit of writing and articulating one’s point of view, and eventually to promote budding journalists, the Urdu Patrakar Sangh proposes to organise an inter collegiate essay writing competition, with emphasis on colleges offering bachelor of mass communication (BMM) courses.

The topic selected for the purpose is ’Freedom of media – myth and reality’. The length of the essay should not be more than a thousand words. The last date for receiving entries will be August 15, 2008. All students enrolled for BMM courses are eligible to participate. Students from other streams are also invited to compete.

We request you to circulate this invitation among the students of your institution and encourage them to participate in this competition. The winners will be handed over cash prizes of Rs 3000, Rs 2000 and Rs 1000 respectively.

Source : http://www.merinews.com/

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Resume writing 101

Writing a resume can be pure torture for some people. I know as I see it every day through my functions as Job Liaison officer for Enterprise Miramichi. Through my role, I help people develop their resumes, help with the job search process or their interview skills through one-on-one visits, workshops, or classroom instruction, as I also teach a course entitled Employment Strategies at the New Brunswick Community College of Miramichi to various students from different programs. When I help individuals with their resumes, I have noticed that the common comment that resurfaces through the exercise is that they feel uncomfortable talking about themselves.

In fact, most people tell me that a resume seems to be about bragging; my answer to that is yes it is. If you cannot market yourself in a positive manner, who will do it for you? Your resume is one of the most important documents you possess as it is a true and factual reflection of your skills, abilities, attributes, education and experience. It gives the prospective employer a "snapshot" as to who you are. And when I say "snapshot", that means keep it short. That is another aspect of the resume that some people struggle with. They feel that if this important document is only one to two pages, it will leave out all the crucial elements they want the employer to know. So they opt to write a mini-novel instead. Now, considering the fact that it takes only, in average, 10 seconds for an employer to scan a resume, the first impression they get when seeing a mini-novel is usually not that great. Rest assured that the mini-novel will probably end up in the shredder most often than not.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tips For Writing Cover Letters

Aaah...the dreaded cover letter. Or is it? Cover letters are actually a great way to set yourself apart from the rest if you write it correctly.

Cover letters allow you to actually get your personalized message across to the hiring manager or possible interviewer. The key is to be brief and direct...just like a resume...the person on the other end will want to quickly read your cover letter...so make sure you don't write a short story.
Use the cover letter to peak the interest of the reader. The purpose here is to get the reader interested so that he/she will want to examine your resume.

Keep reading below for some of the finer points to writing effective cover letters. Use a combination of these tips and fine tune your cover letter for maximum results!

Tips For Writing a Cover Letter

  1. Each letter of application should be original, typed in business form standard size paper, and directed to a particular individual by name and title, preferably to the person who has the authority to hire you.
  2. Your letter should serve as an introduction to your resume. Draw attention to a particular skill or accomplishment that has meaning to the organization. Its inclusion in the cover letter communicates that the writer has researched the organization, knows the organization's needs and can fulfill those needs. Limit your letter to a few paragraphs. If you have done considerable research on an organization, you may want to make the letter longer.
  3. Use simple direct language and proper grammar. Clearly state why the organization is of interest to you. Let your letter reflect your personality, but avoid appearing too aggressive or humorous.
  4. Close with a statement that indicates some action -- preferably yours. You control the communication when you indicate that you will call the reader's office to set up and appointment at a convenient time rather than to wait for the reader to contact you.
  5. Proofread your letter for errors! Keep a copy of all correspondence
Cover Letter Writing Suggestions
  • Write to communicate, not to impress
  • Get to the point
  • Be active, not passive
  • If you mean I, say I
  • Use short, familiar words
  • Use contractions
  • Go on a "which" hunt
  • Ask questions
  • Be specific
Basic Rules For Good Cover Letters
  1. Personalize each letter to the interviewer and to the organization. Don't use a blanket form letter for all letters of inquiry.
  2. Open your letter with a strong sentence that would make the reader take notice. Some students compliment the person or organization based on information they have gathered ahead of time. For example referring to the interviewer's recent published work or to the organization's newest grant is a great way to get them interested in you.
  3. Appeal in your letter to the self-interest of the person to whom you are writing. Include clues that indicate that hiring you will lead to higher production, greater efficiency etc..
  4. If at all possible, include some challenging thoughts that will cause employers to feel that discussion with you would be worthwhile even if they really hadn't been planning to hire anybody right now.
  5. Keep your letter short to hold the reader's interest and to save you time.
About The Author
Nathan Newberger is the job and career expert at http://www.WorkTree.com Nathan has over 10 years experience in staffing and human resources. He has worked both as a recruiter and career counselor. Mr. Newberger has been the Managing Editor at WorkTree.com for the past 5 years and his articles have helped thousands of job seekers.


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Google Bans Ads from Essay-Writing Services

Google said it would ban advertisements for essay-writing services in an effort to help cut down on campus plagiarism. As part of the ban, Google will not accept ads from companies that sell essays, theses, and dissertations.

In the announcement, Google said it would "disallow ad texts and sites that promote academic paper-writing services and the sale of pre-written essays, theses and dissertations." Google said that the ban would be applicable across the global Google network.

The ban follows criticism from the academic community that Google was encouraging students to engage in plagiarism.

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Poetry Writing Tips

How to write a good poem ? The fact is that anybody and everybody can be a published poet that is if one has the passion and ambition to do so. And first and foremost one needs to let go of all their inhibitions to be published. What does this imply? It means that once you’re a published poet you are in the cynosure of the public eye. Literary critics will deeply study your poetic works and bring out facets of your life that could have led you write those melodic words. They will want to see your miseries, pain, sorrows, happiness, successes, failures… all of you.

If you are ready to become a public spectacle to be studied even long after you have walked on this planet then, surely you can work towards becoming a famed published poet. But before plunging in here are some writing poetry tips that you could run through and adopt, if you feel it makes sense to you.

Here is an exhaustive list of writing poetry tips:

  • In today’s day and age avoid writing a poem on heavy topics such as love, destiny, hate, and other such weighty themes, primarily because they are done to death, unless you feel that you have something more than the famed poets who have rendered their master poetic skills in these topics.
  • If you choose to write on a large canvas, then the details have to be more in-depth. Thus, it is advisable to write on smaller topics rendering lesser references.
  • Do not attempt to give meaning to your poetry – that is for your readers to do. As a poet you just have to express your mind.
  • Do not put effort into your writing; let the words flow freely, oblivious to the judgmental self that dwells within you.
  • You should be comfortable with what you want to say through your poem and not what others would think of your written voice.
  • Leave your poetic thoughts unexplained so that the reader can add his/her two bits. The best of poets leave it all unsaid, giving scope to read between the lines.
  • You must give a title to your poem. It is an introduction to what you want to say in the lines that follow.
  • Your poem should be able to make the reader virtually travel as they read it. They should feel like they are walking under a twinkling starlit night…
  • All lines in your poem may not have the killer instinct, but there is one line that goes down into the encyclopedia of quotations. Be aware of this!
  • All good poets are well read and knowledgeable, that is why there is a free flow of words into verse
  • Use similes and metaphors liberally, but not to such an extent that it resembles a mini-encyclopedia of the form of literary speech
  • You must revise your poem till you feel it has reached perfection, implying its crisp and yet saying it all.
Writing poetry tips are guidelines, but not the thumb rule… as a poet you set your own rules! ~ author M. Hemdev.

Source : http://www.indianchild.com/

Sunday, July 6, 2008

10 Tips for Writing Bookmarkable Content

There is a certain level of mystery to why one blog post is heavily bookmarked and another isn’t, but there are also some variables we can control. You can shape your content in such a way that it is more likely to get bookmarked, and in this post, I want to show you how.

Why should we write bookmarkable content?

There are several benefits to writing bookmarkable content. It has the potential to become popular on social bookmarking services like del.icio.us, and it brings in repeat traffic from readers who’ve bookmarked it for future use. Bookmarkable content is also a form of vital content: content readers can’t do without. This kind of content has been the foundation of some of the world’s best blogs.

Elements of bookmarkable content

It’s not necessary that you try to include all these elements at once, but each on their own (or in a sensible combination) will increase the likeliness of your content being bookmarked.

  1. Length. One common reason why readers bookmark is that they want to read the content from start to finish but don’t have the time at the moment. Writing a good quality article which is longer than your average blog post is a good way to get bookmarked.

  2. Introduce a new idea. Seth Godin’s blog posts seem almost contradictory to the above point, in that they are frequently bookmarked but tend to be quite short. What makes them bookmarkable is that they contain thought-provoking ideas readers don’t want to risk forgetting. You can encourage bookmarks by innovating.

  3. Write a useful tutorial, how to, or guide. Tutorials tend to contain too many steps to memorize in one sitting. If a reader thinks what you are teaching is worthwhile, they’ll bookmark it. The most successful tutorials and guides are written about something a lot of readers want to do but haven’t been shown how elsewhere. Uniqueness and demand are the key factors in deciding whether a tutorial is bookmarkable.

  4. Create a one-stop reference. This requires more hard-work than creativity, and as such anyone can do it. Pick a topic and assemble all the useful information and resources you can find on that topic in one place. Readers are likely to bookmark this because you’ve done all the hard-work for them.

  5. Create a recommended list. If you’ve developed a sense of trust with your readers then they’re likely to respect your opinion. Create a list of your favorite blogs, or favorite websites, or favorite posts, or favorite albums, etc. Readers will appreciate the recommendation from someone they trust. The longer the list, the more likely it is to be bookmarked and returned to later.

  6. Create a cheat sheet for your topic. A cheat sheet is any single-page reference guide for a topic. A web-designer’s cheat sheet might contain definitions of every CSS term, a beginner chess player’s cheat sheet might outline how the pieces are set-up on the board, and how they move, a traveler going to Japan might create a cheat sheet with key Japanese phrases, tourist attractions, notes on local customs, and so on.

    Cheat sheets encourage bookmarking because they’re a quick reference for information that can’t easily be remembered. I’ve written in detail on creating cheat sheets here.

  7. Make a convincing argument on a controversial topic. Readers who share your opinion will often bookmark the post if they feel you’ve stated their case more eloquently than they themselves could. When the argument comes up elsewhere, that reader is likely to point others to your article as a means of stating their case. There is even a chance that your post could go viral — though you have to be prepared for a little controversy in the comments section!

  8. Compile great videos on a topic. Search for the best ten (or whatever number) videos on your topic and compile them in a post. If each video is 5 minutes long then it might take half-an-hour to watch them all. Readers will be more likely to bookmark the post and watch a new video when they have the time.

  9. Remedy a problem. If the remedy is not a simple process readers are likely to bookmark it so they can implement the points over time. Even readers who are not yet suffering the problem might bookmark the post just in case they suffer it in future. I myself have bookmarked a post which lists dozens of content ideas — even though I’m nowhere near running out of ideas yet.

  10. Compile a directory of links. These links are usually grouped under one broad topic and divided into sub-headings. There might be a sentence or two of evaluative or descriptive text next to the link. The more links, the more bookmarkable the content.
Over to you

  • Do you have any other ideas for bookmarkable content?
  • Have you written any content that has been frequently bookmarked? Why do you think it was bookmarkable?
  • What kind of content do you yourself tend to bookmark?
Source : http://www.dailyblogtips.com/

Friday, July 4, 2008

10 Rules for Writing Numbers and Numerals

How do you express numbers in your writing? When do you use figures (digits) and when do you write out the number in words (letters)? That is, when do you write 9 and when do you write nine?

  1. Number versus numeral. First things first, what is the difference between a number and a numeral? A number is an abstract concept while a numeral is a symbol used to express that number. “Three,” “3″ and “III” are all symbols used to express the same number (or the concept of “threeness”). One could say that the difference between a number and its numerals is like the difference between a person and her name.

  2. Spell small numbers out. The small numbers, such as whole numbers smaller than ten, should be spelled out. That’s one rule you can count on. If you don’t spell numbers out it will look like you’re sending an instant message, and you want to be more formal than that in your writing.

  3. No other standard rule: Experts don’t always agree on other rules. Some experts say that any one-word number should be written out. Two-word numbers should be expressed in figures. That is, they say you should write out twelve or twenty. But not 24.

  4. Using the comma. In English, the comma is used as a thousands separator (and the period as a decimal separator), to make large numbers easier to read. So write the size of Alaska as 571,951 square miles instead of 571951 square miles. In Continental Europe the opposite is true, periods are used to separate large numbers and the comma is used for decimals. Finally, the International Systems of Units (SI) recommends that a space should be used to separate groups of three digits, and both the comma and the period should be used only to denote decimals, like $13 200,50 (the comma part is a mess… I know).

  5. Don’t start a sentence with a numeral. Make it “Fourscore and seven years ago,” not “4 score and 7 years ago.” That means you might have to rewrite some sentences: “Fans bought 400,000 copies the first day” instead of “400,000 copies were sold the first day.”

  6. Centuries and decades should be spelled out. Use the Eighties or nineteenth century.

  7. Percentages and recipes. With everyday writing and recipes you can use digits, like “4% of the children” or “Add 2 cups of brown rice.” In formal writing, however, you should spell the percentage out like “12 percent of the players” (or “twelve percent of the players,” depending on your preference as explained in point three).

  8. If the number is rounded or estimated, spell it out. Rounded numbers over a million are written as a numeral plus a word. Use “About 400 million people speak Spanish natively,” instead of “About 400,000,000 people speak Spanish natively.” If you’re using the exact number, you’d write it out, of course.

  9. Two numbers next to each other. It can be confusing if you write “7 13-year-olds”, so write one of them as a numeral, like “seven 13-year-olds”. Pick the number that has the fewest letters.

  10. Ordinal numbers and consistency. Don’t say “He was my 1st true love,” but rather “He was my first true love.” Be consistent within the same sentence. If my teacher has 23 beginning students, she also has 18 advanced students, not eighteen advanced students.
Source : http://www.dailywritingtips.com/

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Top tips for writing feature articles

A feature story differs from a straight news story in one respect – its intent. A news story provides information about an event, idea or situation. The feature does a bit more – it may also interpret news, add dept h and colour to a story, instruct or entertain.

Structure :

  • The introduction is the most important part - entice your reader, hook them in. Usedrama, emotion, quotations, questions, descriptions
  • The body of the article needs to keep any promises or answe r any questions raised in the introduction - try and maintain an "atmosphere" throughout the writing
  • While the introduction draws the reader in, the conclusion should be written to help the reader remember the story - use a strong punchline
Some points to keep in mind:
  • Focus on human interest - the feel and emotion you put into the article are critical. Don't think about writing a "science" story - think about writing a "human interest" story.
  • Be clear about why you are writing the article. Is it to inform, persuade, observe, evaluate, or evoke emotion?
  • Write in the active voice. In active writing, people do things. Passive sentences often have the person doing the action at the end of the sentence or things being done “by” someone.
  • Accuracy is important - you can interpret and embroider but not fudge.
  • Keep your audience clearly in mind - what are their desires, what really matters to them?
  • Avoid clichés (cutting edge, world beating, revolutionary ) and sentimental statements - especially at the end of your article.
  • Interviews for features usually need to be in-depth and in person rather than over the phone - this enables you to add in colour and detail.
  • Use anecdotes and direct quotes to tell the story - try not to use too many of your own words.
  • Talk to more than one person to provide a more complete picture – but don’t just add in sources to show how much work you’ve done. Be ruthless about who you put in and who you leave out!
  • Don't rely on the computer spell-checker - especially those with a U.S. dictionary.
  • Decide on the ‘tense' of your story at the start and stick to it. Present tense usually works best.
  • Avoid lengthy, complex paragraphs. Your article will appear in columns, so one or two sentences equals a paragraph.
  • Ideas come from everywhere - watch, read, listen, keep up to date, take notes. Talk to people outside the field of science to find out what interests and concerns them.

Getting your feature articles published
  • READ the publication you want to write for (a surprising number of writers don’t and it shows)
  • Give a proposal rather than full article
  • Include good examples of your previously published work
  • Write what the editor wants to publish, not what you want to write. How do you find out? Study the editorial and staff writers' pieces - they are aimed precisely at the publication's target audience
  • Select your market - list six magazines that could buy your article and study them. The articles, advertising and letters to the editor will give vital clues to the interests and demographics of the audience
  • A picture sells the story - offer good quality images as prints, transparencies or digital files. Check with the editor for the preferred option
  • Obtain a style sheet for the publication
  • Submit your story typed and double-spaced.
  • Let the relevant person (editor/deputy editor) in the print media outlet know you are sending them an article. Follow this up with a phone call a week or so later
  • Send your article to only one print media outlet initially. If they don't want to use it within a set time period, send it elsewhere.
Source : http://www.econnect.com.au/

Writing Tender - Translation Services

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We are USA based organization. We are looking for proposals from qualified companies and/or individuals able to provide translation services. We are looking for one or more translation firms to provide the following:
  1. Translation and Occasional Interpreter Services to our Departments: While a large part of these services will be provided to the department of health and human services, other departments, such as the library or planning department, will also use these services.
  2. Language Certification and Screening Services: Working with the department of human resources, the translation service will develop and administer tests to certify applicants as to their speaking, reading, and/or writing abilities in a particular language.
  3. Management of Translation of Web-based Content: Working with the our information services technology department, the translation service will provide translation services for our website and related services.
  4. Translation service includes translation in English, Spanish or Vietnamese and other foreign languages.

    Payment terms are negotiable. Interested firms and individuals are requested to send their detailed proposal on or before Thursday, July 24, 2008 via e-mail. For more details have a look on attachment.
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Category : Writing & Translation

Title : Translation Services

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Description :

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  1. Translation and Occasional Interpreter Services to our Departments: While a large part of these services will be provided to the department of health and human services, other departments, such as the library or planning department, will also use these services.
  2. Language Certification and Screening Services: Working with the department of human resources, the translation service will develop and administer tests to certify applicants as to their speaking, reading, and/or writing abilities in a particular language.
  3. Management of Translation of Web-based Content: Working with the our information services technology department, the translation service will provide translation services for our website and related services.
  4. Translation service includes translation in English, Spanish or Vietnamese and other foreign languages.

    Payment terms are negotiable. Interested firms and individuals are requested to send their detailed proposal on or before Thursday, July 24, 2008 via e-mail. For more details have a look on attachment.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Writing a Biography

Biographies are delightful fun essays that most students enjoy writing. According to Webster's Dictionary, a biography is—1: a written history of a person's life; 2: biographical writings as a whole; 3: an account of the life of something (as an animal, a coin, or a building).

In your class work, Biographies will be simple (and usually quite short) essays about someone else's life. An autobiography on the other hand, is a story (or essay) about your own personal life. As this section is about Biographies, you must keep yourself out of the essay altogether.

In order to write a Biography, follow the following simple steps:

  1. Research the person
    • Read books
    • Read magazines
    • Internet research
    • Interviews (if possible)
    • Exploration of that person's inner world (cafes, homes, favorite things)

  2. Select an angle
    • Learn all about a person's life (personal, professional, private)
    • Select one aspect of that person's life (or one time period)
    • Focus all your research on that component
    • Try to select an aspect of that person's life that has not yet been told

  3. Write an outline
    • Organizing your thoughts it vital in writing a biography
    • Select the main events in the person's life on which to focus
    • Write them in a certain order (chronological, professional development, etc.)
    • Even though this is a Biography, you will still need a thesis statement. The thesis will essentially tell the reader what you are trying to express about your subject in one sentence. The person's tagline or motto, if you will.

  4. Write the paper
    • Simple, pick up your pen (or turn on your computer) and write away
    • Write more than less. In Biographies, there is always more to cover than is necessary. It is much easier to cut out than try to add in later on.

  5. Edit the paper
    • As mentioned before, every writer needs an editor.
    • Edit purely for grammar, punctuation
    • Edit purely for content (logical flow)
    • Give the paper to someone else to read

Source : http://www.bookrags.com

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Computer Tips For Writers

Many writers know little or nothing about the technology that supports them. Here are a few computer tips for writers for you to consider when looking at computers and writing software.

Computer Tip For Writers #1

Hardware

When choosing hardware, think of what you will be using the system for. Is mobility important? Then you will be looking at a laptop or a notebook. If you want maximum "bang for buck" then you will probably want a desktop system.

Do you want a Mac or a Windows system? Or even Linux? (Why not? I do.)

Do you have a particular piece of software that you really want to use that runs on only one platform?

Do you have to collaborate with someone who only uses a particular system? All things you should at least consider.

Tip
If you only want to write, use email and surf the Web, then any reasonable, economy priced system will meet your needs. If, however, you are planning on editing the movie that you have written and shot, or rendering a 3D animation, then you'll quickly find it is time to move up to the big end of Hardware Town!

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