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3 Ways to Create an Effective Writing Outline

writing outlineWhether you’re creating a monthly report, a term paper, a website or a short story, a writing outline is usually a good starting point. A proper outline helps you organize your thoughts and ideas and presents them in logical form.

This simplifies the writing process, because everything is laid out in front of you. In a way, you can “empty your mind” onto the screen or paper, and the likelihood of leaving out any pertinent information or plot twists is minimal.

Below are three different ways you can create an effective writing outline. Choose the one that appeals most to your personality and get to work! (more…)

A Simple Guide for Metaphors and Similes

metaphors_similesIf you’re like a lot of writers, students, business people or others who use words to make a point or tell a story, you’ve been confused about metaphors and similes at one time or another. That’s not to say you haven’t used them successfully. All writers use them to help paint pictures in the readers’ minds, so the writing is richer and more complete.

These two literary tools are similar but different at the same time. Every simile is a metaphor, yet not every metaphor is a simile, but they are both used to make comparisons. Here are some basic definitions to help you out.  (more…)

Flare vs. Flair…and Why It’s So Tricky to Tell Them Apart

flare vs flairFor this month’s edition of our “vs.” post, the words “flare” and “flair” came to mind.

Flare and flair are a couple of homophones that differ in spelling and in meaning, yet figuring out which one to use in the proper situation is often more of a guess than anything else. Here is some information on the two words that should help point you in the right direction.  (more…)

Tip for Writers: How Not to Take an Editor’s Corrections Personally

editor-feedbackFor a productive writer in any genre, there is rarely time to get down about editorial corrections or criticism. Yes, it may sting sometimes and no writer enjoys seeing their work dissected and critiqued, but good writers find a way to come back stronger than ever.

It’s quite normal to take comments and remarks personally when we feel they are about us. We let it drain on our emotions and self-esteem, even if we aren’t completely sure we were the intended target.  (more…)