The XKCD web comic highlights a problem we’ve probably all noticed — and perpetuated — in comments we add to sites like YouTube, Facebook, or even on newspaper articles and blogs. This is kind of a wakeup call we should all pay attention to: I found this comic through the Learn Your Damn Homophones site.[…]
Here’s a word of advice if you are ever the subject of an interview: Have a conversation, not a recital.
We’ve all heard those bizarre talks where the interviewer and the interviewee seem to be having two entirely separate discussions. But what’s actually going on there? It’s a situation where the interviewee is not thinking – at least, not thinking about the interview as any sort of conversation.
There are two types of non-thinking interviewees: the propagandists and the rote-reciters.
You can’t insert characters or events into your story just because you “like them.” They have to have a reason for existing
…and, you know, kind of does my job for me! 🙂 But this is a great summary of a lot of words people constantly misspell or use in the wrong places. (Notice that I said “a lot”? This page is very firm, and very correct, when it says ‘Alot” is not a word.) Whether you[…]
If you want your information to get out there and really engage people, a good editor should not be your last resort — but your first!
You’d be surprised at the resources you can find in those little 140-character tweets. Resources that might, in fact, help both your writing and your future career.
How do you take one item and indicate that you now have more than one? In other words, how do you make it plural? You add an “s.” Simplest thing in the world.