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How To Stay Fit While Writing

Day after day, writers tend to sit for hours writing that novel or story, and over time, this can become a potential problem. Their metabolism may slow down and the pounds can inch up. Statistics show all kinds of health problems associated with obesity. If you’re an author, you are aware how your image plays a role in promoting your books.  You are asked to speak or lecture at a gathering, or promote your books doing book tours and signings.  Or even better yet, you’re asked to go on a TV show, like Oprah!  That is not the time to think about losing weight! You have to start now, before that book goes out on the shelves, so when you go on that stage or in front of the television, you’re looking and feeling good. How can you tell if you’re obese?  Here are a few ways to tell – you pinch the area around your waist and it’s two inches thick, you lie down and can’t feel the top of your breastbone, your clothes don’t fit you, you avoid having your picture taken, you k

New Technical Writer: First Things To Do On The Project

You, a non-writer, have just been assigned to write the documentation for a product your company produces or markets. You may be stressed out about the assignment. Fear not! This article will get you started on the path to writing a successful document. QUESTIONS AND NOTES As soon as you get assigned to the documentation project you must begin to take notes and ask questions. The major goal of this early information gathering is to gain access to the sources of information that you will need in order to write your document. TIP: There is always something to do or learn on a Documentation project. Don't stop working while you are waiting for something else to happen. LEARN PROPER USE OF YOUR WRITING TOOLS Do NOT get immersed in new technology. For most companies and for most documentation projects, investing the money and time to learn a Content Management System or exquisite document writing software are not worth the effort. Documentation writing is often the tai

Insurance Professionals: Are Good Writing Skills Required?

Are good writing skills required of insurance professionals? That is an interesting question. If good writing skills are not required of most insurance professionals, they should be. As an insurance professional, you have not just set up a stand on the corner of the block. You are not just calling out to passers-by to purchase your insurance policies. True, you are selling a product, but the product you are selling comes with a lot of “the written word” – especially before the sell is made. How do insurance professionals get the word out about their products? Web sites, billboards, advertisements in newspapers and phone books – the list could go on and on. Each of these forms of advertisement requires some kind of writing. Your insurance company’s Web site and brochures include the most writing. Your goal is to sell insurance policies, but you also want to make sure you clearly explain the different kinds of insurance policies to your potential customers in terms they can unders

How to Write for Children and Win Over Parents

The obvious skill of being able to communicate in a language that the age group you are targeting, is an evident one. Choosing a topic that the child relates to is all important. In many cases it is also deemed to be imperative to include graphics – again, depending on the child’s age; BUT all children of all ages like to see illustrations. You need to understand what the children want from reading and what their parent’s want. Keeping the children happy and enjoying the story while enticing their imagination and appealing to their creative spirit is essential. But what is it that will make the parents purchase the book? Parents are also looking for books that will give some educational benefit to the child. It is obvious that new words and ideas are educational in themselves, but parents often want something more constructive – they want a way to measure the success of the book, to the educational value to their children. Activities included within the text of the book can ce

How to Write Better Business Letters

Writing business letters is a forgotten art. The Internet has made us lazy writers. With a few keystrokes, we can kick off a short e-mail without thinking much about content, much less formatting. Have you ever reviewed your own e-mails and discovered misspellings, incomplete sentences, formatting mistakes, and grammatical errors? Usually we think nothing about how our lazy writing negatively affects our e-mails; other people e-mail us the same type of junk all the time. But, still, writing lousy e-mails should not give us the excuse to be lazy writers all the time, online or offline. Writing business letters may be one of the best skills a business person can possess, especially during these times when few people possess it. The following tips will help you to construct better business letters. You can also adapt these principles to write better business e-mails, in terms of both format, style and tone. COMPONENTS AND FORMATTING All business letters are comprised of the fol

How Is Learning Chinese Writing Different From Learning A Western Language?

In the modern Chinese writing system, each character is a form of its own, representing a particular sound and at least one meaning. In other words, each Chinese symbol is a unity of form, sound and meaning. To learn Chinese writing, you need to know each Chinese symbol or character individually. You will need a vocabulary of at least 3,000 characters to understand 90% of what you read. A vocabulary of 4-5,000 characters allows you to understand almost everything written in Chinese in the modern context. Although there are more than 60,000 characters listed in the largest Chinese dictionaries most of them are ancient symbols and no longer in use. Only a very small proportion of Chinese characters- some 300, perhaps- are simple representations of natural objects; all others are composite signs. Each sign generally has two components: a graphic component (which represent a man, woman, tree etc.) and a phonetic component, which gives some idea of the pronu

Great Job Resumes: The First Step To Landing Great Jobs

How Important are Job Resumes in Securing the Perfect Job? The function of outstanding job resumes is to get the attention of your potential employer. More than simply a listing of your accomplishments, education, skills and experience; a job resume is the first point of contact you have with the company with whom you are seeking employment. No matter what skill set you bring to the table, if your resume isn’t effectively presented, you may find it difficult to locate work. In the reverse, if you haven’t had a lot of experience, a polished resume that presents the talents and ambitions you do possess can secure you a job with unlimited potential for growth. Before setting out to look for a new job, make sure your resume presents the skills you have to offer in the best possible light. Many employers will not even offer an interview to prospective employees with lackluster job resumes. Types of Job Resumes Job resumes may be structured in several different ways to focus

Fire Your Dud Titles for Sizzlers That Get Your Articles Read

There’s nothing worse to a marketer than clicking over and seeing the same 10-20 clicks you saw last week. You posted your short article in hopes you could generate a fresh stream of traffic to your site. O.k. so you got a few more views this week than last. But the truth is few of your articles pull very many readers even after months. The reader/view count rarely rises above 30-40 views. You know you have good solid information that would be helpful to people if you could just get them read. You might share the problem hundreds of article writers share—Dud Titles. You must develop a sizzling title to pull your audience in by the collar. You know like the newspapers and magazine headlines. They can’t afford to publish dud titles that don’t capture the interest of their readers. Yet among other marketers of books, products and services few seem to put much effort into crafting a magnetic title. It doesn’t have to be that way with you. Now is where you fire your Dud Titles and

Benefit We Gain from Problem Solving

The real fact on this Earth is that no human being has ever lived without problems a single day. This is impossible. People deal wit problems every day and problems do not fade away by themselves, they stay until the person resolves them. When a person gets strong enough to overcome stress and get to the core of things, then the amount of problems lessens. Some of the problems may be solved without the actual identification of the problem. But there exist problems that drive a person to a state of emotional exhaustion. These problems need careful attention and analyses from the object. Once a person has defined the problem, he/she starts thinking about possible solutions, freeways across or hiding places that will help to improve the situation. One of the techniques advises to divide a sheet of paper into two columns that should depict the true state of things. The main goal is to find the major errors and this will lead the person to the statement that there are no hopeless sit

Content Writing Services

If you’re working in the corporate world then there are chances of hiring professional content writing services. But mind you content writing is completely different from transcription and transcription services. Transcription services are usually required in fields such as law, medicine, and education however still at some point of time you need professional content writers for writing documentations. Talking about transcription companies, they usually provide services to business, law firms, court rooms, doctor’s offices, hospitals, and universities. It doesn’t mean in these mentioned areas writing is not required. Content writing is one thing which is required in every field but mainly in the web arena. Nowadays content writing services also include translation and interpretation services if desired. This has become a trend because sometime conferences are held that have more than one language being spoken. This makes utterly difficult for the participants to follow what is

Could You Write Performance Reviews For Money?

Writing performance reviews can be an excellent way to earn a living. Who wouldn’t want to go from place to place watching actors, singers, and chefs perform at their best (and maybe their worst)? Getting paid to do something like this just seems like fun, doesn’t it? But, in reality, these jobs are not easy to come by nor are they easy to do.  A writer will need to have many qualifications and have to write very well in order to establish themselves as worthy candidates of this type of work. Writing reviews is a little more complicated than just telling what you thought of the show. For example, writing play reviews can be a challenge.  Sure, the overall show may be interesting and exciting, but what about the individual characters?  In writing the reviews, the writer must have strong understanding of how the play works, who is who, and why certain things are done in certain ways. They must be fluent in the arts and understand what is good and what is bad. It is not simply th

Create A Dream Diary

How many times have you forced yourself to sit in front of a computer and waited for inspiration to strike?Most of us at some point, whether just starting out or even an experienced published writer, have suffered from the proverbial writers block or have struggled to kick-start their creativity. Sometimes ideas just flow and writing our article or story is easy. Inspiration flows over us like waves and the subsequent finished piece is almost word perfect and requires very little editing. But for those times when inspiration is on holiday or worse, on strike, help yourself to master those off days by creating a dream diary. If you are one of those unfortunate people who believe that they rarely dream or at least have trouble remembering them, a dream diary is obviously going to be a problem.But you can train yourself to remember your dreams in the mornings, but this may take time and practice. Try leaving a notepad by your bed or invest in a Dictaphone, at least if you do

It's A Dog-Eat-Dog World In The Freelance Work Marketplace

The Trials and Tribulations of Finding Writing Work in the Freelance Work Marketplace There are many ways to find freelance writing work on the net. The most popular method is by signing up to one or more of the many freelance work sites available. There are a ton of them to choose from. However, there are some things that you should be aware of before you go rushing off to sign up to one of these sites. Take a look! Costs: Many of these sites don't charge a signup fee, however, many charge either a monthly fee. Categories: Many of these sites break out their projects into levels such as basic level, where basic providers can bid on basic projects and select providers, where select providers can bid on any job, basic, or select. They also have a category in writing called professional for $40 per month where you can bid only on basic projects as well. Of course, as you may have guessed, you pay a higher price for select as you are looked at as an expert in the field, w

How You Can Become a Certified and Profitable Proofreader

A certified proofreader is one that has taken a few courses and learned the proper way to do proof reading work.  It is essential that individuals who want to become proof readers, have qualifications that can help them to prepare work that is of high quality.  There are many different things that you can do to get this security in your work, but for a proofreader getting to be certified is a solid step in the right direction. Many people are searching for a career they can call their own.  For those looking in the writing and editing fields, freelance work is an attractive option.  But in order to get jobs and provide work that is of high quality, an individual needs to maintain a high level of educational standards.  Becoming certified is an outstanding investment.  There are many different options including help in writing clearly, without grammatical errors that are embarrassing and often costly.  A proof reader can gain the qualifications they need to excel here. For anyo

How to Write What You Want Over a Longer Period of Time

Sitting down in front of a blank screen, you type out a sequence of words followed by a period. You pause for a moment, you backspace it all away and you type another new string of words. You know what I mean? Why is it that at times writing comes easily, but at other times it barely trickles out? Part of the reason may be that you are losing all of your best ideas in between those sit-downs at the computer. When you have ideas or see things which get you thinking, write them down. Collect them in some way. Odds are within a few days of doing this you will see relations and trends you would not have noticed before. This will lead to more quality content. Think of the outstanding quality of articles that you’ll be writing over the course of weeks and even months? Something I have found myself doing since I began blogging, is writing a huge amount of memos and small notes. They can be either halfway completed or standing as headlines only. While it can be daunting to stare at

How to Write Words Worth a Thousand Pictures

Our Image-Driven Society We live in a new image-driven society. It can be hard on writers unless they learn to connect with today’s readers. Writing that connects is easy when you keep a few basic writing principles in mind. Let’s face it, as a writer, you are competing with the greatest influence in our image-driven society, the film and television industry. So, let’s take three well-known words in film making as cues for effective writing. Ready? Lights! Camera! Action! Lights! Catch the reader's attention. You catch your reader's attention when you know who they are and what holds their interest. Yes, write what you know but also write for who you know. For example, avoid using abstract words and concepts when writing for children. Kids won't understand and you won't grab their attention. The effective writer writes about what interests the reader using words the reader relates to and understands. When you write fiction or even creative non-fiction; deve

Fair Use and Copyright: What You Need To Know

While running a writing community for the last three years many questions have come up regarding copyright. What is copyright? “The legal protection given to authors which protects them against unauthorized copying of their work.” All writers at one time or another have quoted something someone else has written. I see it all the time throughout the writing industry. Maybe you quoted the lines of a poem or a line from an article or the words from a song. I quoted the work of another author in the above paragraph, where I defined copyright. Given my example above, did I just infringe on copyright? Should I have gotten permission from the said author to quote them? No, under what is known as “fair use", I may quote the author without asking permission. There is a misconception in the writing world about what fair use is and what copyright is. You might think that you can use anyone’s written work as long as you give them credit and provide a link to the source. Do not conf

How Publishers Use Reader Reports to Make Contract Offers

Congratulations! You’ve cleared the first hurdle in commercial publishing. Whether through an agent or your own submission, the editor is interested in your book proposal (a package that included your proposal, one or two sample chapters, and your biography). The next step in this delicate dance is the Reader Report: a market feedback tool used by an editor as part of the publishing decision process. A “reader” is someone the editor trusts for his or her commercial acumen.  In other words, readers help the editor decide if your book concept is salable. The editor solicits opinions from an eclectic mix of readers, reflecting different tastes and topic viewpoints. For example, two people might be interns or editorial assistants within the publishing company; authors from an unrelated field; professionals within your industry; avid readers interested in the topic and who are friends with the editor. Typically, your proposal is sent blind to the reader, meaning that your identity

How Article Marketing Affects Your Page Rank

Article marketing is essential to the page rank of your website.  Although that is true in principle, it is not true in fact.  Page rank applies only to individual pages of your website, not to the website in general.  Page rank means what it says – a ranking of your pages, not your whole website. Larry Page invented the concept of Page Rank while at Stanford University and was later helped by Sergey Brin.  The two of them eventually founded Google (named as a play on the word googol – a  very large number) and trade marked the term PageRank. It applies to the popularity of a web page based upon the number of other web pages that link to it. This applies on the premise that these links are due to the perceived popularity, or relevance, of that site to the search term or keyword being used. Now, however, PageRank is a synthetic measurement based upon how many links a webmaster can contrive to achieve to any one page on a particular website, and has little to do with the relevan

Do You Have This Key Element in Your Resume

Most books on resume writing are terribly out-of-date. Although well intentioned and filled with other good information, most have not been updated for the job search realities of today. Surprisingly, few resume books will even mention what I am about to tell you today. Your resume will be seen by many eyes, including electronic. The computer will "score" it by the number of keywords (also known as "buzzwords") the employer will find most relevant. If you don’t account for this, your resume will stay locked in some database, never to be seen by anyone while you sit waiting by the phone for the call that never comes. Put a "Keyword Competencies" section in your resume. The solution for the electronic gatekeeper is to include a special section called "Keyword Competencies".  This is, quite frankly, just a catch-all bin that you want to use to ensure that every relevant keyword is covered.  You want to focus on the words most likely to

A First Time Author's Publicity Kit Materials

If you're a new author that has been requested to send publicist materials, you may feel left in the dark on what to send. Here's a list of the usual items. 1. Author Bio This is no place for modesty. You're competing with many other authors out there and need to show how your hot and worth it. Remember to include your accomplishments and give a little background information. Often readers want to know about the author's interests.. 2. A photo This is optional, but if you want to get your face out there, this could help. Keep in mind that not every editor will use your photo. 3. Interviews Any newspaper/magazine clippings may be include if it's related to you and your writing, awards an accomplishments. Clippings about your personal life may bore the editor requesting your materials. 4. Reviews If you have any reviews for your latest release, have them printed on clear 8.5 X 11 paper and include them in your kit. 5. Promotional Items It may

5 Questions to Ask About Every Article Idea

I know a good idea when I see one. So should you. Dump those time-tested ideas you’re sending off to editors every other day, and find ideas that will get you the assignment each time, every time. How do you know whether your brilliant idea will strike a chord and get you the assignment or land your neatly crafted query in the slush pile? Use the following checklist to find out whether you have a winner or another stale idea that the editor’s been rejecting since she set foot in her editorial office. Here are some of the questions an editor will ask of each article idea: What’s new? If you’re writing for a pregnancy magazine, chances are the editor has already covered topics such as exercises and diet regulation. What are you going to say that stands apart? Can you provide a unique spin to these topics? If yes, you’re in the door. Think different. Instead of talking about diet issues, list twenty food items that are to be avoided throughout pregnancy. Be innovative. C