Doesn’t wordy writing drive you crazy? It’s easy to spot a wordy sentence or paragraph when you’re the reader, but sometimes it’s hard to be succinct when you’re the writer.
During the summer before my junior year of college, I interned for my local branch of the National Writing Project. I had the wonderful opportunity of working with different kinds of writers—poets, short story writers, non-fiction writers. Every day, I’d listen as people read aloud part of a piece they’d been working on. I quickly discovered that incredible writing is wicked tight writing.
When writing is tight, every word is significant. There’s no wordiness or redundancy. It sounds great, but all of us writers know that it takes a lot of messy editing to get those clean sentences. So here’s some help in eliminating unnecessary words: a list of phrases that you can put on the chopping block, and what you can replace them with.
When I joined Google+ and started trying to get the hang of the whole thing, I had a lot of questions. Some of these ranged from the really basic to the more intricate. I quickly learned that many Google+ features are kind of obvious and intuitive once you know about them. The trick is getting to know them.
If you’ve just started your Google+ journey in prep for Author Rank, I’m sure you have a bunch of questions, and you’re probably looking for some tips/shortcuts too. I collected a bunch of questions, some I once asked and some I’ve heard others ask, and answered them. I also cover some keyboard shortcuts and text formatting.
Let the fourth and final post of this Google+ series begin!
Have you ever during the editing process come across a tricky grammar situation? While searching for an answer, you discover that different sources say different things. You’re not sure which source is correct; you can’t trust your intuition because when it comes to grammar, intuition is sometimes wrong; and unless you have a copyeditor at your office, you probably can’t poll your coworkers. Add to this confusion all of those grammar rules you learned way back when and the less-than-stellar grammatical practices of our society, and it’s easy to see why people don’t like grammar.
I’m going to begin Part III of this Google+ series by diving right into the good stuff.
If you’ve just started out on your Google+ journey but aren’t really feeling the social network and think it couldn’t possibly have any good stuff, then take a few minutes and learn about Google+ Ripples. (I promise it’s worth it.)
Last week I kicked off a series on Google+ with a wicked in-depth guide to Google+ Profiles. For the second part of the series, I’m going to talk about Google+ communities. If you’re trying to heed the advice of everyone and get on board with Google+ in prep for Author Rank but feel like you just exist on Google+ in a vacuum, communities can be really useful for finding other active Google+ users in your field and discovering new blog posts/videos/resources/tips.
“There are only three ways to motivate people: money, fear, and hunger.” – Ron Swanson
Isn’t it a buzzkill when you publish an awesome blog post, but someone brings it to your attention that you made a silly mistake, like using “affect” instead of “effect”? Or maybe you wrote “lose” when you really meant “loose,” or you confused “whose” with “who’s.”
I’m kind of ashamed to admit that for a long time, I never really thought much of Google+. I had my hands full figuring out the tips and tricks of all the other major social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram), so it was much easier to go along with the rest of the world (right or wrong) and dismiss Google+ as a digital graveyard. I had a Google+ account, sure, but if you asked me how to start a hangout or how to share something based on circles, you’d hear crickets.
A few days ago I read a sentence that went something like this, “Some television shows use social media to peak viewers’ curiosity.”
Oh no. This writer fell into the homophone trap.
A few weeks ago I briefly talked about the process of coming up with ideas for blog posts. I quoted Jon Morrow, who in a post for Copyblogger said this:
“Great ideas aren’t just lying around, waiting for you to use them. You have to search for them… The key is doing the work. The ground may be full of buried treasure, but you have to be willing to grab a shovel and start digging.”
Singers and songwriters never need to worry about grammar. In fact, they actually benefit from flouting grammar rules. It simply wouldn’t be the same if the Rolling Stones sang “Whom Do You Love” or “I Can Get No Satisfaction,” right? Songs don’t typically contain correct grammar, but that’s O.K. because they don’t need to. The only thing that matters when it comes to music is whether or not it has the ability to make us do this: