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How to Find Anything in Parentheses Using Word’s Search

Image via Wikipedia I recently ran into a strange problem. I was asked to present an academic paper at a conference, and while writing fell automatically into the habit of referencing all my quotes and other citations with traditional parenthetical citations. When I went to produce the shorter copy that I would read from at […]

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Getting Started as a Writer Part 2: Breaking In

Image via Wikipedia For most people, “becoming a writer” means first and foremost getting published. And really, getting published for pay. That first sale is a watershed moment for the fledgling writer, a moment of validation that you have something to say that other people want to hear. These days, getting published is less and less […]

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Getting Started as a Writer, Part 1: Laying the Groundwork

Image via Wikipedia So, you want to be a writer. It can be daunting to know how to get started as a writer. A lot of us feel we can write, know we can write  –  or better yet, know we can’t not write. We love the unfolding of stories beneath our pens, the spray of words […]

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How to Write Fast

Image by this is your brain on lithium via Flickr   I’m going to write this post in 20 minutes. Being able to write fast is a crucial skill for writers of every stripe, especially freelancers who work to order, often under tight deadlines, as well as journalists trying to get a scoop. Bloggers, too, […]

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Tag Your Writing Tweets with #Writing and #Editing

Image via CrunchBase Taken as a whole, Twitter can seem like one gigantic mass of everyday tedium (“Eating cheese again, yum!”), TMI (“I’m having sex. Right. Now!), and occasionally useful snippets of information (“THere was just a giant earthquake in China!”). But just as bloggers have taken to tagging their posts to make work on […]

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Developing Your Skills With Open Courseware

Image via Wikipedia Open courseware can be a great way to learn new skills and information from some of the best colleges and universities in the US for free  —  all you need to do is search for the courses you want and commit to improving yourself with some of the best resources currently available. What is […]

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How to Pull Yourself Over the Hump

Image by slack12 via Flickr There comes a time in nearly every big writing project when you just can’t seem to move forward. Maybe you’ve written yourself into a corner and aren’t sure how to get out of it, maybe the end just seems too far away to be reachable, or maybe you burned through […]

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Making the Most of Your RSS Link

This is another guest post by Stephanie Stiavetti from Wasabimon. Stephanie agreed to write a couple of posts for the site while I’m busy unpacking after my move and getting ready for NaNoWriMo. Please welcome her to the site, and do yourself a favor by visiting her site too! The whole point of a blog is […]

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Moving to Linux: Tools for Writers

We writers are pretty easy to please when it comes to computing requirements. Writing can be achieved with the simplest of media: white screen, black text. As an avid free and open source software (FOSS) advocate, I’ve spent some time over the last few years writing on the Linux platform. I’ve come to discover that it’s […]

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Add “Print This” to Your WordPress Blog Posts with WP-Print Plugin

This is a guest post by Stephanie Stiavetti from Wasabimon. Stephanie has agreed to write a couple of posts for the site while I’m busy moving and getting ready for NaNoWriMo. Please welcome her to the site, and do yourself a favor by visiting her site too! I visit a lot of blogs as a part […]

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