Grammarly–online or resident grammar checker
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Grammarly–online or resident grammar checker

George Orwell lamented in his 1946 essay, “Politics and the English Language, that: “Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.” ‘Most people’ can safely ignore society’s grammar … Continue reading

End of Year Tips: Is Your Online Presence Up to Date?
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End of Year Tips: Is Your Online Presence Up to Date?

This week, I’m providing tips for end-of-year technology maintenance. These are activities that could (or should) be done once a month if you’re active on your computer, but AT LEAST do them yearly. Like this week. For most writers I know, life zooms by, filled with research, writing, editing, critique groups, reading, promotions (of our … Continue reading

27+ Tips I Wish I’d Known About Blogging
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27+ Tips I Wish I’d Known About Blogging

A while ago, I wrote a post about what I’d wished I’d known before I started blogging. You can read the article here; I’ll summarize the six gold nuggets for new bloggers: only reblog 10% of someone else’s post. hot links are bad.  it takes a long time to write a post I need to … Continue reading

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12 Take-aways from WordCamp Orange County

This past weekend I attended the fifth annual Orange County California two-day geek WordCamp. These are affordable tech-centric events  held all over the country where WordPress experts share their knowledge in 50-minute sessions (or three-hour workshops) on how to better use your WordPress website or blog (that’s the connection to my writing–I have four blogs … Continue reading

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How to Kickstart Your Writing Career

You want to be a writer–have lusted after this golden ring since … forever. You took writing classes, attended seminars and conferences, read a whole bunch of books. You did NaNoWriMo, NaNoBloMo, entered contests. You finished a novel, sent it out–and nothing. It’s like the Void. No answer. No fireworks. No welcoming arms, lauding your … Continue reading

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How to Do Social Media Right

Kristen Lamb’s wonderful social media how-to book, We are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media (Who Dares Wins Publishing 2010), provides a great nuts-and-bolts introduction to the basics of marketing your book online. She shares her knowledgeable insights in branding yourself, putting your name out there (something I innately fear), and joining the … Continue reading