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AP Style Basics

Always best to check a manual AP Style is one of the core pieces of knowledge any writer or editor should possess, especially if they work in news. Keeping a small guide of the most common parts of AP Style is essential. You’ll remember not to make a stylistic mistake and you can easily locate

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Working with Knuckleheads

I have been freelancing and working from home for five months. Of course, networking and other events provide great relief from the quiet. But I find that blocking my time works for me to ensure that I set aside time for important tasks. Be devoted and have the ability to concentrate and not get distracted.

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Get a fresh perspective

Having a fresh perspective is always beneficial for your writing. Even as a writer, marketing person or content creator, you need a fresh perspective. As an insider, you become entrenched in internal dialog and methods. “Fresh Eyes” also means no preconceived ideas or biases. It is reviewed from the reader’s viewpoint, and that’s the best

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Irregardless – OUCH

Tip: Skipper knows – DON’T USE IT Just say regardless. Or use Irrespective: meaning to ignore, discount, not considering.Regardless of your opinion, we decided.All dogs are cute, irrespective of breed.

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Brain Growth

This little meme reminds me to strive to learn something new every day. When we stop learning, we stop growing. Click on this Harvard Health article for more information. 

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Weekly Words F-L

This week I explore the misunderstood use of a few words from f-l. I was also asked to repost affect/effect and ensure/insure. Affect – (verb) to act on; produce an effect; change My poor windows affect the temperature in the house. Effect – (noun) a result; something that is produced by cause; a consequence The

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Catchy Phrases and their Origin

I recently read a book about the first woman maritime diver and rediscovered a few phrases that, unbeknownst to me, were maritime/nautical terms. We use them daily, but there are interesting origins of their first known printed use. Sometimes, they were included in a ship’s manual or term book. Bitter end – it is the last

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Very, Nice and Sting

What is she thinking? You wonder. I was listening to an interview with the famed singer where the interviewer asks, “What is your favorite word? — and least-favorite word?” Sting didn’t like, “nice.” Overused. Used to describe too many things. This brought me to another word that we could replace – “very.” Used as frequently

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Quotes and Punctuation

You may have noticed when reading printed material, it appears these two topics are areas where people need a little assistance. These are examples using AP style. Punctuation and quotes often appear together. The rule is: Commas and periods are ALWAYS placed inside quotation marks. e.g., “That is correct,” said Bentley. “Commas and periods go

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