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A While – Awhile – do you know the difference?

You must say this word or phrase frequently. But are you using them correctly?   Follow this simple explanation: “a” is an adjective and “while” is a noun. See the difference below.   Compare these two sentences: I watched the show for a while. I watched the show awhile.   “While” is a noun. While

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How to write a great blog

I have presented the topic in this video to several groups. People love and gain several great tips to improve their writing. This video first shows how to write better using a little editing, then presents ways to make your blog stand out. Enjoy.   https://youtu.be/s8PiCXrUutg

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Do you own your errors?

We all know that failure is a part of life. How many successful people do you know who haven’t failed along the way? Probably none. The most successful people speak about the mistakes they’ve made on their path to success. More importantly is not only learning from them but owning the errors.   None of

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Steal a Pencil for Me

I’m drawn to documentaries and films about German-occupied Europe. If it weren’t documented, we might not believe it happened. Taken from your home and grabbed by guards — never to return. All belongings and sense of home and life vanished. Next, you’re hauled to a train going where you have no idea what know your

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Why it’s good to know proofreader marks

Why? Because they provide clues of what may needs to be changed. If you are an amateur writer or a business owner who writes your own content, you may not be aware of the kinds of corrections copyeditors make.   Copyeditors are well versed in using copyediting marks to do their jobs effectively when working

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What Was I Thinking? I need an editor

Writers, marketers and web developers – write to your heart’s content. Engaging an editor shouldn’t offend you. Let me explain why. Regardless of how well you write, a writer can rarely produce perfect copy the first time.  Don’t you find yourself looking back at that first draft and say, “What was I thinking?” People speak

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What do Jumbo Shrimp, Bridegroom, and Virtual Reality have in common?

They are oxymorons. Oxymorons are words or word phrases that seem to contradict themselves. Let’s investigate a few: “Giant shrimp,” “bridegroom,” and “virtual reality.”  When examined, they aren’t such oxymorons at all. Giant shrimp Shrimp had somewhat the same naming issue as lobster did. Lobsters are Crustaceans — any of various predominantly aquatic arthropods of

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Tips for a great blog

Many people think writing a blog is not much more than writing your thoughts. It’s viewed as a sort of free, creative writing that you “blah, blah, blah,” write whatever comes to mind. And many people write their blogs in that manner. Blogs are for your readers, not for you and what you want to

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Phrases that lower the intelligence of your writing

I am a copyeditor who writes enough to rephrase or enhance writing. My job is to look for ways to improve writing by changing punctuation, modifying word use, rearranging sentences, and adding or removing words that detract from the message or story. I’m not a “writer.” Many people enjoy writing their own blogs and content.

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