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Ebay auction description writing

Ebay auction

How many times have you opened an auction in Ebay and been put off by a poor auction description? Lots of times I'll bet. The auction description, especially on Ebay, is a fundamental part of achieving a successful sale. If the description isn't right, no amount of pictures or repricing will get your item sold. So where do people go wrong? Firstly, make sure the standard of your writing is good....

Copyright in writing

Copyright in writing

Copyright is an important issue that all writers need to familiarise themselves with, for their own protection. Copyright applies to many different forms of creativity, but we are primarily interested here in how it applies to written works: also referred to as literary works. Copyright is a form of legal protection for the creator of a written literary work. In general, it affords the creator ...

Commonly Misquoted Phrases and Sayings aka Eggcorns

Misquoted Phrases

There can be fewer more embarassing things as a writer, than to realise that something you have written and published contains a glaring error. It's especially embarassing when it's a simple mistake or if it makes you look stupid. One of the greatest pitfalls, and sources and of potential embarassment, is when you get a figure of speech wrong, either through ignorance or just through a plain old t...

Article Writing – How to Choose an Article Title That is Effective

Article Title

Once you have determined the subject of your article, you can write the title to the article. Now one thing is really important when determining the title of your article. The title of your article must be exactly related to what the article is going to address. If is it is not directly related to the subject matter of the article, then people who click into the article to read about the title’s...

Checking Your Facts on the Internet

Beginning Writer

With more and more writers using the internet as a source of information and facts, it has become imperative to ensure that what you read, use or cite is actually accurate. Few things can be more embarrassing for a writer than being told that the information you've based your writing upon is flawed. The internet can be a risky place to look for information these days. Despite there being many exc...

10 Ways to Become a More Confident Writer

Confident Writer

A lack of confidence in your own writing can be quite common when you first start writing professionally, and can still occasionally hit even the most hardened pro. As with writer's block, writing confidently is as much to do with your state of mind as your ability; there are techniques that can help relax your writing anxiety and help you compose words in a flowing, lucid manner. Here are ten wa...

A Badly Written Article is Anything but a Good Advert

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How many times have you trawled the web, looking for information only to find an article that looks like it was written by a four-year old child? With the rise of article marketing as a proven strategy for promoting websites and increasing traffic, there has been an explosion in the number of article-based websites and articles available. In many cases, however, this rise in the quantity of availa...

A Place to Write

A Place to Write

Virginia Woolfe said that all women need a place of their own to write. Jane Austen might have disagreed, since she wrote all of her wonderful novels on a small table in the drawing room, with her family carrying on activities all around her. Your place to write should fit your needs as a writer. Think about what you need. Quiet? A door to shut? A cork board to pin up pictures and notes? A filing...

Dealing with waiting acceptance and rejection

A Place to Write

So you did it. You carried your manuscript all the way to the post office, you paid for the postage, you got your SASE stamped, you sealed the envelope, and you handed your precious creation to the postal worker, who tossed it in a bin. It's on its way to the publisher. Now what? Waiting It's easy to go neurotic while you're waiting, hovering over the mailbox, hoping that today will be the day th...

10 common writing mistakes

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What sounds like a good idea can sometimes be a major mistake, and mistakes in submission may be merely embarassing or may be early career-wreckers. Before you make your first submission, study this list. While these may not be the most common errors, they are common enough and can be damaging. Some may waste your time and money, while others can send your submission straight to the "reject" pile,...