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Transcription Made Easy (Easier, Anyway)

Image by BrittneyBush via Flickr One of the biggest hassles of traditional journalistic writing is quoting sources. I don’t even knowhow they did it in “the old days”, when reporters just had notebooks  –  shorthand, I suppose) but these  days we’re lucky enough to be able to make digital recordings of our sources. Since I do most […]

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15 Online Sites and Tools for Productive Writers

Image via Wikipedia This is a guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the Guide to Business School. She also writes about online school for Enjoy! The most productive writers know how to use the web and other tools to meet deadlines and achieve writing goals. If you are looking for […]

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Moving to Linux: Working with the Netbook, Part 2

Firstly, to the many pairs of people who have been following this series, my sincerest apologies for the delay. Life has once again, rather successfully, gotten in the way of doing what I enjoy. But now that things have settled down again, I want to resume this series. One year with the Netbook (Almost) As […]

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20 Hi-Tech Tools and Resources for Writers

Image by rita banerji via Flickr This is a guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the Guide to Business School. She also writes for Technology has made it much easier for writers to research, create, and publish poems, plays, novels, essays, and short stories. The web is full of free […]

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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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All Aboard… The WriteChain!

Image by Getty Images via Daylife Jamie Grove of the excellent writing blog How Not to Write has created something special for iPhone or iPod Touch owners who write: WriteChain. More than just a word-count tracker, WriteChain is built around the principle of the chain, encouraging you to write every day to avoid “breaking the chain”. […]

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Character Keeper: Free Note-taking Software for Writers

The writers at the group blog Magical Words have developed an interesting little piece of software called Character Keeper, an AIR-based program intended to keep track of character profiles and other snippets of information related to your book. Becuase it’s AIR, Adobe’s stand-alone Flash platform, it will run on any computer that can run current […]

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Do You Tweet?

Image via CrunchBase Twitter is one of the most significant social media platforms to emerge in the last couple of years. If you’re not familiar with Twitter, have a look at this post where I explain the general concept, then head over to and sign up for a free account. I’m always interested in […]

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Get the Most Out of Your XP-Based Netbook (UPDATED)

Image by lingolook via Flickr Inspired by Aaron Peter’s posts about the MSI Wind (here and here), I finally gave in and bought a netbook of my own. After much consideration, I decided on the Acer Aspire One, a unit roughly the same physical dimensions and with the same specifications as the MSI Wind but […]

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Moving to Linux: Working with the Netbook

During my last post, I listed some of the virtues of the netbook. But due to the (comparatively) underpowered and compact hardware, it is almost a certainty that the netbook won’t be your only computer. As I’ve developed a set-up for using the Wind alongside (or, literally, in front of) my desktop, I thought I’d […]

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