Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Writing Courses to Help You Become a Better Writer

If you're looking for a change in career and want to make an income online, the following training courses are a great way to develop your writing skills before you take the plunge and start devoting your time and money.

If you want to start making real money you must do something with the knowlege you gain.  Most people become hooked on the inviting "how to" videos that are out there, but rarely take real action from the skills they've learned.  Avoid that mistake and you'll start going places.

Start looking for seminar, online courses, articles and blogs to improve your skills.  If you're feeling a bit unsure, make a plan and take it one step at a time.  If you feel like its working for you, start scaling it up and add additional techniques.

Let's get started, here are some courses to help you become a better writer:

Best 10 Writing Courses For Writers

1. Creative Writing Course - Master Tips for Writing

Enhance your ability to write fiction with this course by Amazon Best Selling Author Jo Wynn.  This course enables you to convey your feelings, thoughts and emotions using the written word as a means of expression.  Learn how professional writers of fiction plan and prepare their writing.

2. Write a Book: Basic Creative Writing Skills for Beginners

Learn how to tell your story and organise your thoughts into a short story, novella or novel.

3. Writing With Impact: Writing That Persuades

Change the way you write forever with clear, concise and addictively engaging prose.  Win people over with the written word with this no-nonsense course brought to you by top copywriter Clare Lynch.

4. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels Of Writing Mastery

Rise to the summit of flawless writing by form editor of The Wall Street Journal Shani Raja.  Ninja Writing will teach you how to embed quality at every layer of your writing - be it blog, article, college essay, cover letter, corporate report or content marketing.

5. Productivity Hacks for Writers (Writing Mastery)

Learn how to maximise productivity, boost creativity and get more done in less time with Productivity Hacks for Writers.

6. Writing That Moves: Write Novels That Keep Pages Turning

If you're new to publishing or having a hard time breaking out this course will help you to write page-turning novels by learning to write compelling plots.  This course will teach you how to write irresistible short hooks for your query letters, as well plot a satisfying story that takes a character from point A to point B while eagerly engaging the reader.

7. The Complete Freelance Writing Course

Learn how to set yourself up as a professional freelance writer with the help of Philippa Davies, a writer with 30 years experience and with a background in psychology.

8. Creative Writing For Beginners

This course is designed to help you write clear prose that flows, giving the reader an enjoyable experience for those avid page turners

9. Writing Tools & Hacks: Copywriting/Blogging/Content Writing

Huffington Post Contributor Tyler Speegle shows you how to save time and boost your writing productivity, write better and more efficiently and generate viral-ready content ideas.

10. Creative Writing - Get Writing, Keep Writing

Writing can be both fun and potentially profitable.  It needn't be intimidating or scary, this course will get you started.  This course will help you become more aware of your writing style and improve your writing skills.

11. Starving to Successful: How to Become a Full-Time Writer

Jeff Goins author of, Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age demystifies the myth that if you're a creative person, including being a writer, that you need to be broke.  In this class he teaches you to how to stop self sabotaging and gets you to break that mental block so you can see yourself as a profitable writer.

12. The Heart and Craft of Writing

Award-winning author, editor and teacher Michelle Tea offers you this class to help you believe in your abilities as a writer, stick to your goal and push through that first draft.  Outlining some of the key tricks to writing a great book and inspire you to produce the vibrant, sparkling and unique work that's inside your head and waiting to come out.

13. Writing a Perfect News Article

Writer, editor and blogger Nadia Eldermerdash goes over the basics of news writing and journalistic conventions.  As well as discussing how these techniques can help you with all kinds of writing work.

14. Writing for Brands: Freelancing in the Age of Content Marketing

Brian Maehl the Talent Development Manager at Contently shows you how to successfully pitch and write for brands as a successful freelance writer.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Some Grammar Rules Are Made to Be Broken

Grammar rules don't seem to exist in the age of technology especially when it comes to tweets and conversational writing styles.  Most blogger's focus their writing on grabbing their reader's attention, using more relaxed voice.

Check out these 6 grammar rules when you're writing for the internet.

1. Ending a sentence with a preposition no longer required

This rule dates back to the 18th century when grammarians believed English should bend to the rules of Latin grammar.

2. Starting a sentence with a conjunction is unacceptable

Ignoring this rule can lead to a much better sounding sentence.  And your writing sounding much more down to earth and relateable.

3. Don't use verbing (turning nouns into verbs)

This is an easy rule to break especially if you want to get a message across quickly via email or text.  People love to use it when they're going for a coffee with a friend, phrases such as "when do you want to coffee?".

4. Don't split your infinitives

There are people that think split infinitives such as "you have to really watch him" are incorrect.  But they do come in really handy if you're trying to get a message across.

5. Do I need to use "whom"?

"Whom" does sound pretty stuck-up and pretentious these days.  You don't hear anybody say "whom ya gonna call?" when they talk about the Ghostbusters.  I've only ever heard it used in conjunction with Ernest Hemingway's book "For whom the bell tolls".

These days we like to write in way our readers understand, for others it their own particular writing style and voice.

Read more about grammar and punctuation in my ebook "Grammar and Punctuation: An Indispensable Guide for Writer's".

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Become an Effective Proofreader with these 5 Courses

If you want to produce good quality writing proofreading is an essential part of that process.  Being able to focus in on surface errors such as misspellings and mistakes in grammar and punctuation are key to the final editing of your work.

Discover 5 of the best proofreading courses online below:

Proofreading Power: Become an Effective Proofreader

Proofreading Power is an exclusive online class that will not only address the basics of proofreading but also provide practical application of the skills with hands-on exercises and quizzes to show you how to produce error-free writing.

How to Find & Correct Writing Errors: The Proofreading Guide

Duncan Koerber a university professor with more than 10 years experience in newspaper and magazine writing and editing shows you how to effectively polish your documents with effective proofreading techniques that will impress readers with pristine prose and design.

Easy Comma Rules

This short and easy course focuses on one area of punctuation and not several areas, which will enable you to concentrate, understand, and remember the rules better.  For those people who want their written communication to be structured and reader-friendly.

Proofreading Your Own Work

Experienced writer, editor and proofreader Heather Saunders will provide hands-on advice on how to go about the proofing process and show you the common errors to look out for.

How to Find and Correct Writing Errors: The Proofreading Guide

Dr Duncan Koerber a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University Toronto teaches you a comprehensive course on proofreading.  Showing you how to develop the mindset to catch errors, how to examine the most common errors in words, punctuation, and design and format.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

A Writer's Guide to the Perfect Work Space

Have you given much thought to the space you write in?

My writing space is pretty simple:
  1. One desk
  2. One Chair
  3. One Computer
I don't have much room to move around in because my writing space is in my bedroom.  But I do have a relatively quiet space in which I work in.  Here is a quick guide to the ultimate home office for writer's:

Be More Ergonomic

This is a great place to start, how you display your computer:
  1. Top of your computer screen should be at eye level, this reduces fatigue.
  2. Your keyboard should be positioned so that your forearms are parallel to the floor.
  3. Your seat should be adjusted so that they're firmly resting on something.
Learn to Love Natural Light

If you're room has a window in it, use it.  The whole idea of working from home is to be free from the cubicle style work space that many people work in.  Make sure your desk is facing a window so you can look at the scenery and take-in the natural light.

Use Additional Lighting

In the dark winter months you'll need a lamp for the darker part of the day.  Try a table lamp with soft lighting and an interesting design, to give your space a personality.

Be Inventive with Storage

If you like to write on notepads then stacking boxes are a great way to store away all those notes you've been making.  Shelves for book storage or book cases.  If you need space for paper why not try a filing cabinet, it doesn't need to be huge just enough for your business needs.

Form a Creative Space

If you have the room why not create a space to let your creative juices really flow.  A simple coffee table, bean bag or chair and a lamp to help your thinking when you have a break.

Go Green

Add plants, because they make people happier, and some plants don't need to be watered that regularly.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Why You Should Use a Dictionary and Thesaurus More Often

If you're looking for simple tools to help with your writing, look no further than a dictionary and thesaurus.  The most basic and cheapest of tools each of these books will help improve your grammar and punctuation in no time!

What is a Dictionary

An assembly of words in one or more particular languages.  Listed alphabetically, providing the meanings, definitions etymologies, pronunciations of words.

History of the Dictionary

Much deliberation over the world's first dictionary, some say 2300 BCE in modern Syria, others say 3rd century BCE China.  Best known and used dictionary, Oxford English Dictionary published in full 1884 and then in full after 50 years in 1928.

Word Order and Numbers

Words are listed alphabetically.

With about 500,000 words and more than a half a million technical and scientific terms.

You can also find specialised dictionaries in fields such as business or science.

What is a Thesaurus

Words are grouped together depending upon their similarity or meaning, sometimes synonyms and antonyms.

History of the Thesaurus

The modern thesaurus was developed by Peter Mark Roget first published in 1852.

Word Order and Numbers

Words can be listed alphabetically or conceptually.

The biggest thesaurus holds more than 920,000 words.

Exclusive thesauri have been created for retrieval of information in science systems, for indexing or tagging purposes.

When You Should Use a Dictionary or Thesaurus

You can use a dictionary to look up words you don't understand, or the context to use a word in.  You'll discover details of the meaning, definition, usage and etymology of the word.

A thesaurus will supply you with similar or alternative words (synonyms), along with contrasting words (antonyms).

Prominent Publishers

The most used dictionaries are Oxford English Dictionary, Chambers, Merriam Webster and Collins.

The most well-known thesaurus is Roget, and sometimes Webster.

A Brief History

There is much deliberation as to what form's the basis of the first dictionary.  Archaeologists have found bilingual words lists from the Akkadian Empire located in Modern Syria of 2300 BCE.  Arabic and Chinese dictionaries have also been found.  Robert Cawdrey, a school teacher called a table alphabetical in 1604 but that was thought to not be very accurate.  The most trusted modern English language dictionary was Samuel Johnson's and was around for 150 years up to 1755.  Then came the Oxford English Dictionary.

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Monday, November 06, 2017

What is DRM? How Does it Work?

File Protection

If you've just started writing and want to start selling your eBooks the question of eBook file protection is something that affects all authors.

What is DRM? 

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a standardized approach to copyright protection of digital media such as eBooks.  Basically it's a lock that is placed on a digital file which is tied to the person who purchased it.  Often its applied as a wrapper around the eBook file or part of the packaage of the eBook file.  The valid owner can only open the file if their device or software has the correct key.

Purpose of DRM

DRM is setup to prevent any unauthorised redistribution of digtial media and inhibit the methods that consumers can copy any content they've purchased.  DRM was originally established in response to the illegal distribution of digital media through peer-to-peer file exchange programs.  Within each digital download is an embedded code that prevents copying, stipulating a time period the content can be accessed or cap the number of devices the media can be installed on.

DRM Systems Used in the eBook Marketplace

Currently there are three systems being used by the dominant eBook seller's:

Amazon employs its own DRM to Kindle eBooks, this means you can't sell an eBook directly from your own website.

Apple administers its FairPlay DRM to its files bought from the iBookstore, Just like Amazon its only compatible with its own devices and software.

Adobe's system, Adobe Digital Editions Protection Technology (ADEPT), is presently being used by retailers such as Sony, B & N, Kobo, and Overdrive.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

5 Indispensable Tools for Writers

When it comes to writing, its what you write that matters not how you write it.  But for those who think they've found a secret path to some how cheat their way through an article or manuscript, here are some places to start arranging a better writing life.

The Laptop
What you write on matters, and choosing the correct device of choice really matters.  There's no doubt the ultraportable laptop is the preferred weapon of choice for many writer's.

If you want to go small and light The Apple Macbook and Sony Vaio will do the trick nicely, without impacting too much on power and capability.

The Reliable Notepad
The Reporters' notepads are cheap and cheerful, if you're looking for an upgrade look no further than the infamous Moleskine. Okay so it's a bit grandiose for any writer just starting out but still the best buy starting from $10 per notepad.

The Digital Recorder
If you like to say your thoughts out loud, and you're frustrated with uploading your voice on your laptop or through your musc player, the simple digital recorder is essential.  With one-click you can record to your hearts content.

Just make sure your digital recorder has a plug 'n' play connection to your computer.

The Alphasmart Keyboard
Forget about a computer "just write".  The Alphasmart is a keyboard with a built-in LED screen, its basic word processing at its best.  With wireless capability, it can run for 50 days on a single set of batteries.

The Yoropen
Yoropen is designed for comfort when you write, if you're a writer who prefers putting pen to paper.  It helps prevent repetitive strain injury and cramping.

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