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What Are Your Essential Writing Gadgets?

What Are Your Essential Writing Gadgets?

When Hemingway said this, he probably had no idea just how the tools of the trade would change in the future. While many – if not most – of us would probably not hesitate to shell out some cash to own a vintage typewriter, the fact is that writers have more advanced tools at our disposal today. Of course, there are times when nothing beats good old pen and paper. The other day, while working at a coffee shop, I couldn’t help but glance (okay, more than glance; maybe stare a little) at the people there. Many seemed to be [Read more…]

Freelancing Stats and Trivia – Are You Part of the Numbers?

Freelancing Stats and Trivia - Are You Part of the Numbers?

I have a confession to make: I have this thing for stats. I probably spend too much time going through Facebook Insights, Google Analytics, etc. just so I can see what’s going on in terms of views, traffic, shares, and whatnot. It’s not that I love math (I did have more than my share of that in uni, but I can’t say I delight in the subject), but there is something about statistics and numbers that captivates. Just don’t ask me to calculate percentages in my head! Anyhow, Julie, an FWJ reader sent me this infographic, which is chockfull of [Read more…]

Win a Hand-Lettered Mini Journal With a Maya Angelou Quote!

Win a Hand-Lettered Mini Journal With a Maya Angelou Quote!

It’s been a while since we had a giveaway, hasn’t it? It’s not every day that we come across generous people who want to share their beautiful  - and useful – work with others, but Emily of EmDashPaperCo is giving away one of her hand-lettered mini journals. Not only will it be very useful to any writer, it also has a a very apt quote, which I hope will serve as inspiration. Emily runs a store on Etsy. She has an English BA and MA, is an avid reader, and a lover of the written word in all its forms. Doesn’t [Read more…]

Steven Pinker on What Our Language Habits Reveal

Steven Pinker on What Our Language Habits Reveal

I’ve heard it said more than once that grammar and learning the intricacies of a language can be boring. I guess it’s safe to assume that you don’t think the same way. (At least I hope I am right!) Earlier this week, I was working on another piece about TED talks. I don’t know if you’re familiar with TED, but the premise is to invite select speakers to speak to a limited audience, with the condition that the talk is focused on something inspiring related to the work the speaker has done. Since its inception in 1984, TED has grown [Read more…]

Win a Free Copy of Kathleen Krueger’s “The Fast Track to Freelance Success Online”!

The Fast Track to Freelance Success Online

Many of you have been working online for quite some time, but I am sure that we also have a good number of readers who are only starting to wade in the freelance waters. Whichever group you belong to, I think that you will benefit a lot from reading Kathleen Krueger’s recently released e-book, “The Fast Track to Freelance Success Online”. Kathleen is one of our readers, and I was made aware of her book when she left a comment a week or so ago, and guess what? She has generously agreed to give away two copies! The title gives [Read more…]

Have Some Color-coded Fun With English Word Origins

English word origins visualized

Grammar can be a pain in the butt, but who says it can’t be fun? Etymology, today’s topic, technically doesn’t fall under grammar, but my discovery is too fun not to share with all of you. A guy who runs the blog Ideas Illustrated has taken it upon himself to apply some color-coding technology to English text to make the concept of English word origins more visual. If you are a visual person like me, then this endeavor is definitely a welcome one! What he did was to rely on Douglas Harper’s online dictionary of etymology to determine the language [Read more…]

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