Writing

  • Planning For Print Publication

    By Catherine L. Tully on December 7, 2012
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    It's hard to believe that the New Year is right around the corner! If you are looking to get published in a magazine or print publication in the coming year, now is the time to start planning. For most print pubs, the editorial calendar is already set, and queries right now are going out for summer issues (or even later!). […]
  • Breaking All the Writing Rules

    By Rebecca Garland on September 27, 2012
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    Pop quiz, hot shot! How many of the old, conventional writing rules do you break on a daily basis? You probably know the ones I’m talking about. These are rules like: Never start a paper with a question. Never start a sentence with “and” or “but.” Never end a sentence with a preposition. Paragraphs must be a minimum of five […]
  • Do You Drive Through Stop Signs When Writing?

    By Melissa Breau on September 11, 2012
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    Last month Tim Berry wrote about learning that a stop sign requires a full stop—one where the car rolls backward slightly—and how that reminded him of decision making. That sometimes we all need a full stop now and again to think things through and prepare ourselves to head off again in the right direction. I couldn't help but think of […]
  • Magazine Writing — Gathering Intel

    By Catherine L. Tully on September 7, 2012
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    So you want to write for a magazine? If that is the case--one of the most important things you will do is study publications that you want to submit material to in query form. But what is the best way to go about that? Let's face it, buying tons of magazines can be really expensive. (Fun, but expensive!) So how […]
  • I Write Like…Me?

    By Rebecca Garland on May 10, 2012
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    I recently came across a fun writing toy and I’ve just spent the last hour playing around on it. It’s not earth-shattering, nor is it going to change the world, but it does illustrate a point rather nicely. Your voice is a secret writing weapon, so use it. Here’s the toy: http://iwl.me/ “I Write Like” is a website where you […]
  • How Writers Can Prepare for the Perfect Interview

    By Guest on May 2, 2012
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    By: Andrew Kardon Now you've done it. After  years of planning and negotiating, you finally snagged an interview with that reclusive semi-celebrity. Good for you! But... uh... now what? Lining up a key interview subject (whether for an in-person or phone interview) is just the first step. There are so many things that could possibly go wrong. Sorry, but it's […]
  • Messy Subjects and Verbs

    By Rebecca Garland on February 2, 2012
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    This morning, as I worked with my kids at school, I realized just how often subjects and verbs get complicated and mismatched. This happens most frequently when you have more than one noun in the subject in the sentence. Consider the following: One of the boys jump over the fence. One of the boys jumps over the fence. Which one […]
  • The Secret to Using Commas Correctly

    By Melissa Breau on January 10, 2012
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    Grammar, in so many ways, is like the seasoning in a soup. A dash of salt and a pinch of pepper and the soup tastes amazing—too much though, and you get an uneatable mess. Too little and you get a bland broth. In order to be a good cook, you need to know your herbs and spices. Well in order […]
  • Idiotic Idioms

    By Rebecca Garland on December 8, 2011
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    While we all love a good colloquialism, there is most certainly too much of a good thing at times. Idioms, or those charming expressions that don’t make any sense to anyone outside of your area, can be overused. We’ve done a bit on the more offensive and odd slang in the (American) English language, but there are plenty of more […]
  • Yay! It’s Yeah and Yea!

    By Rebecca Garland on September 29, 2011
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    This is driving me crazy. I just got an email with the subject, “Yeah a Birthday Baby is Born”. I’m not sure the sender (who is not known for her grammatical prowess) meant to sound as sarcastic as the teenagers we teach, but to someone who knows the difference between “yeah”, “yea” and “yay”, she did. And just what is […]