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Tip of the Day: Tone of voice carries more weight that you think.

Ensure that you are using the correct tone within your writing. Within fiction, you will need to match tone to the character (even if your narrator is not really a character). Within non-fiction, remember there is a big difference between a professional tone with humor added in and one that is insulting and condescending. You might have an important message, but the tone used to deliver that message will change the way in which it is received.

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Tip of the Day: Watch the auto-correct…

Anyone who has used a smartphone for a text message will know how auto-correct can easily get things wrong, but there is one auto-correct system that will put you on the wrong every time unless you watch it. Word processing systems will often auto-capitalize the first word after a quotation mark if the dialogue ends with a question mark or an exclamation point.

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Bios: One Size Won’t Fit Me

While writers are often into their own worlds of fire-breathing dragons or sexual encounters with that dark knight, there is one topic that many writers struggle to write about: themselves. It’s ironic… Here we are, words flow easily on the page when discussing some fictional character, but writing about the one person that we know the best… You have got to be kidding.

However, writing a bio is not something that a writer should shy away from. There are so many ways to spinning what might seem like a boring hum-drum life and making it sound glamorous. We’re writers. We can do this, right?

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Tip of the Day: NEVER underestimate the importance of editing.

It seems almost obvious, yet, I frequently hear (or read) that another writer has chosen to forgo the valuable steps of editing. Editing is much more than just spelling, punctuation and grammar. It’s about tone, voice and message too. NEVER underestimate the value of importance of editing.

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Tip of the Day: “Just” too many words…

The word “just” is often a word that can be deleted from a manuscript, but don’t hit “Delete All Instances.” Just has a different meanings depending on the context: just punishment; “Just do it!”; just stood there, staring. I would delete the last instance, but not the first two; “just” gives the words more meaning.

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High School English: It’s Now Social Media

Things have changed so much since I was in high school. Gone are the days of analysing that Shakespearean text. Instead, they assess how various forms of media has influenced our written and spoken language. His English latest assignment is to develop a marketing campaign using social media. He’s apprehensive of doing this, aware of the dangers of the Internet. In steps mom and her checklist for building a basic on-line platform.

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Tip of the Day: A writer’s platform is really about connections.

Yes, all writers who are serious about publication need to build a platform, but it’s not something the be afraid of. A writer’s platform is really about building connections with others. There are many different ways to forge those connections and not all of them are on-line. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how those connections came to exist, just as long as you foster them and help them grow.

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Tip of the Day: Subject matters…

To shift a sentence from “tell” to “show”, sometimes all it takes is a shift in the sentence’s subject. For example: She saw the door fall off its hinges. There is no need to say who saw it. The point-of-view character saw it. The door fell off its hinges.

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Length matters but story matters more.

Every writers that is serious about publishing, particularly those attempting the traditional publication path, will know that agents and editors put a lot of weight on word counts. The acceptable limits vary depending on the age category and genre of the book.

It’s incredibly important to have a good understanding of the average word counts for the type of story that you are writing, but it’s just as important to understand word counts are not an excuse for poor story telling.

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