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LIZ PURCELL - freelance writer with a Bachelor of Arts in English from San Francisco State University

New Year’s Eve at Home

Caring for a senior, whether as a professional caregiver or as the spouse or adult child of a senior who needs care, takes a lot of energy any time of the year. The holidays are no different, so making sure you get the downtime you need and the celebration of the fresh start of a new year are both important. Creating fun New Years Eve festivities doesn’t need to be a highly involved and complicated process. Combining a special occasion with the day-to-day needs of taking care of a senior citizen honors both the holiday and your dedication to care.

Plan the Party

Everyone likes to feel needed, so include your senior in the planning process. Ask him what he remembers from years past, what he liked and didn’t like. Set him to work writing a shopping list for you that includes favorite snacks, beverages, and fun novelty New Years Eve hats. Decide what you’ll wear to add a touch of festivity, and plan to add some sparkle to your senior’s outfit. If possible, enlist help with the actual shopping, whether your helper does the shopping or stays with your senior while you leave for fresh air.

Explore the Memories

New Years Eve is often a time of reflection. Gather old albums and framed photographs from around the house and take your time looking at them with your senior. Listen to the stories the photos draw from her memories. It’s so easy to forget that she used to be a young, vibrant teenager, with her entire life’s hopes and dreams in front of her. If possible, have another person there as scribe to record your senior’s memories. Ask questions, not about dates, but about how she felt when it rained, how the watermelon tasted, what her first kiss was like.

Rediscover the Music

Find a music station on the Internet that plays music from your senior’s favorite musical era. Stations playing every genre imaginable are available on sites such as Shoutcast, Spotify, or iHeartRadio. Playing “Name that Tune” gets everyone into the music and gives your senior a chance to shine.

The Ball Drops

The highlight of every New Years Eve is the dropping of the ball in Times Square in New York City. If it’s not feasible to stay up until midnight, find a video of the ball dropping in years past on YouTube and watch it on your time. Another option is to celebrate New Years with a completely different time zone than yours, so you’re celebrating at 3 pm instead of midnight.

No matter when or how you celebrate, wear your silly New Years hats and raise a glass of champagne, sparkling cider, or other beverage to toast good wishes new year.

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Source by Joseph Adsilg

Book Review – The Sanctuary by Raymond Khoury

The Sanctuary by Raymond Khoury was intriguing to say the least. The idea that the aging process can be cured like any common disease is an interesting one. In The Sanctuary, Raymond hypothesises that cell degeneration (aging) is caused by outside forces, such as free radicals and wear and tear. In essence, if you could find a way to stop that from happening, humans would be virtually immortal.

The story line was very well done, and the characters were interesting, although fairly predictable. I believe Raymond tries to have the same writing style as Dan Brown, but in my humble opinion, he doesn’t do as good a job as Dan.

The worst thing about The Sanctuary is that it takes a long, long time to get to the point. There are an inordinate amount of chase scenes and shoot-outs, which ruined it for me a little bit. I don’t mind a bit of violence, but when one man can outshoot 6, I find it a tad ridiculous. When they can outshoot that many people more than once, it becomes even more ridiculous.

When I first started reading the book, I thought that it was going to be just another book about chasing a mysterious relic of unusual, Godlike power. While in some sense, that is what this book is about, it is deeper than that.

If you like historical fiction that’s jam packed with car chases, diabolical villains, shoot-outs and action, then you can do worse than buying The Sanctuary.

My Comprehensive Rating for The Sanctuary

Plot-4/5

Writing Style-3/5

Characters-3/5

Overall, I would personally give it three and a half stars out of five. Raymond Khoury is certainly here to stay, and by reading this book, I can see why.

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Source by Michael Arthur Moore

Biography of Martha Gellhorn

Martha Ellis Gellhorn famously known as Martha Gellhorn was known to be a novelist of an American origin, a writer as well as a journalist. She was famous mostly because of her journalism skills and the urge to be a foreign reporter made her a global name. She was also referred to as a war correspondent of the 20th century and was the best in what she did. She had an ardent interest in war stories and made sure that she covered each and every war story from around the world. Her stint as a war journalist lasted for around 60 long years. Apart from being a global name for war journalism, she was also famous as the third wife of the world famous American Novelist Ernest Hemingway. The marriage lasted for around five years but it no doubt brought about limelight to her life. She had to face a lot of criticisms from people when they compared her writing along with the writings of her husband. She believed bringing out her voice to the world according to the vision that she saw and not copy her husband just because he was a famous novelist known for his beautiful writing.

Childhood and Early Life

• Martha was born on the 8th of November 1908 to George Gellhorn and Edna Fischel Gellhorn in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother Edna Fischel Gellhorn was a suffragist and her father George Gellhorn was a gynecologist.

• She had two brothers who had great careers and excelled in whatever they did.

• Martha had a rebellious nature and did what she felt was right and these traits flowed through her genes where her mother too was a social activist and believe in letting people enjoy their rights.

• Martha graduated from her high school John Burroughs School in the year 1926 and got herself enrolled in Bryn Mawr College but left midway in the year 1927 to pursue a promising career in Journalism.

• She made sure that her articles were put out for the world to see and thus they got published in The New York Republic and this continued till the year 1930.

• She grasped the various messages that the world conveyed to her and eventually published her very first publication named ‘What Mad Pursuit’ in the year 1934.

• She later came to America to find herself with a job with the Federal Emergency relief Administration. During the ‘Great Depression’ in America and thus she became the official reporter for the ‘Great Depression’ where the government stored the contents that she captured and were the official correspondence files.

Career

• She continued being a war journalist with a rebellious nature. She was hired for ‘Collier’s Weekly’ where she reported on Adolf Hitler who has recently become famous for his deeds.

• She covered the details and the situations of the World War 2 from countries like Singapore, Burma, Finland, England and Hong Kong.

• Martha made sure that she reached the depth of the war situation and made sure that no one caught her red handed while covering the war stories. On June 6th, 1944, she was the first woman to reach Normandy and also report from the Dachau Concentration camp after the camp availed independence from the Allied troops.

• She later was employed for the ‘Atlantic Monthly’ where she covered the Vietnam War and the troubles between the Arabs and the citizens of Israel during the 60s and the 70s.

• She was soon realizing that her body was giving up due to age as she had almost reached her 70th year and thus couldn’t manage to run about to places and countries in order to cover stories of political conflict.

Major Works

• Apart from being a fierce journalist, Martha Gellhorn was a novelist as well as a travel writer. She put down her experiences and the real emotions of the lives of the grief stricken people in words and publish acclaimed books named ‘A stricken Field’ in the year 1940, ‘The face of War” in the year 1959, ‘The Lowest Trees have Tops’ in the year 1967, ‘Travels with Myself and Another’ in the year 1978 and finally ‘The view from the Ground’ in the year 1988.

Awards & Achievements

• Being a globally famous war journalist during the time when women weren’t given much importance brought about a change in the lives of several women. Martha Gellhorn became an inspiration for women and years later in 2007, the United States Postal Service announced a stamp in honor of the best journalists of the 20th century. There was an award announced on her name where journalists from around the world were commemorated with an award each year for writing outstanding journalism content in English either for newspapers or the Internet.

Personal Life & Legacy

• Martha Gellhorn had several love affairs but had found true love when she met Ernest Hemingway. She married him in the year 1940 but parted ways in the year 1945 with a divorce.

• She disliked being compared to his writings and wanted to be an independent novelist with a unique way of putting down her thoughts.

• She had a second marriage to the former managing editor of the Time Magazine named T.S. Matthews in the year 1954. She had planned a sorted life with him by shifting to London but later divorced him after around 11 years.

• She had adopted a baby boy in the year 1949 but soon had sour relationships with him as she had other priorities.

• Towards the end of her life, Martha was almost blind, suffered from ovarian cancer and was reported to commit suicide and end her life by swallowing Cyanide.

Trivia

• Martha Gellhorn was considered to be a woman who was sexually manipulative and didn’t involve in physical relationships with her partners with her personal consent. She was also described as ‘conscientious’.

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Source by Nina Unger

Technical Writing – Definition of GOBY and Writer’s Rough

Frequently, when a writer finishes a document, there’s information the graphics people need so they can make it look like what the writer had in mind. Very often, this information has to do with what graphic illustrations look like and where they’re placed in the layout. As with most things in this business, there are terms we use for these kinds of information.

The problem is that not everyone everywhere uses the same terms. With our markets becoming more and more global, we have to be especially careful that we understand exactly what our clients expect. Some terms, as we’ve seen in previous Good Words, don’t always mean the same things from place to place even within the good old U.S. of A., let alone when we’re dealing across international borders.

When we got an email from a subscriber asking for a definition, I didn’t see any problem until I started to ask around among other writers I know. This article is the story of my quest for clarity.

The term is goby, GOBY, Go-By, or go-by, depending on who you ask. When I tried Google, I discovered that “the round goby, Neogobius melanostomus, is a freshwater bottom-dwelling goby of the family Gobiidae, native to central Eurasia including the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.” Interesting, but not much help.

From some of the other sources I checked, I got the term writer’s rough which is used sometimes as a synonym for go-by and sometimes as a totally different thing.

GOBY

1. A rough sketch or illustration that shows the graphics department what a finished illustration should be.

2. A master copy used to check for formatting, graphic consistency, and copy to compare the original against any additions or deletions.

3. A reference source for the proof reader.

4. A pictorial or verbal illustration that identifies what elements go where within a given medium.

Other terms

– comp or layout rough

– storyboard

– draft

– rough draft

– “for position only”

Writer’s rough

1. A document with indications of where, in the copy, graphics should be placed.

2. The first cut from the writer to the graphics folks as to how the writer visualizes the layout of the piece.

(As one writer put it, “The writers rough is something the graphics folk turn into a thing of beauty in spite of, not because of, said rough.”)

The area of agreement seems to be that writers have to let the graphics people know what type of illustrations should be used and about where they should be located. They’re not, however, in exact agreement what to call the way they do this.

Here comes the advice

It may sound unnecessary to tell people in this business that they must ask questions if something isn’t completely clear. But, because so many of us are human in other ways, we often have the natural human desire not to appear ignorant. So, we’re told something by the client that we don’t totally understand, and, instead of asking for clarification, we just nod and hope we can fake it.

Not a good idea. With so many terms and so many interpretations of what they mean, we can’t afford to be shy. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in the business. Old terms change meaning, and new terms come into use. If you don’t know, ask. It’s better for the client to think you’re ignorant at the beginning instead of thinking you’re incompetent later.

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Source by Bryan S. Adar

Writing Jobs Online: The "Writing Sample" Fraud and How to Avoid It

There are many fraudulent schemes in the work-from-home, freelance writing niche. One of the most popular is what I call the “writing sample” scam. While it usually doesn’t cost you any money, what it does cost you is time – which is your greatest asset as a freelance writer.

You could wind up spending a whole bunch of time working for free. Following is what this scam is and how to avoid it.

How the Freelance “Writing Sample” Scam Works

The way this online writing jobs scheme works is, a company will place an ad seeking articles or some other type of content (eg, blog posts) on a certain topic. When you apply, they will ask you for a writing sample.

“Great,” you may be thinking, “I just wrote an article on this last week, I’ll send it in as my sample.”

But, they’ll get back to you saying that the article must be original and they want to “judge your writing ability and for you to adhere to their guidelines” or some other such jargon. They’ll usually promise that there will be ongoing work “if your writing sample is accepted.”

So you think, “Hmm, a chance for ongoing work. It’s only 300-400 words; I can knock it out in an hour or so.”

So you do and send it in. You’ll either never hear from them again, and/or if you do, they’ll tell you that your writing sample” didn’t pass their guidelines so they won’t be able to use you.

“Fine,” you think. It sucks that you spent the time writing the article, but you have a few other sources you can pitch it to and probably sell it.

One day while doing some mindless web surfing, you come across your article – on their site – verbatim. Only, it doesn’t have your name on it. They’ve stuck their name on it and are using it – and they haven’t paid you a dime!

If this happens to you, you’ve been scammed.

The reason behind these types of online writing jobs scams is simple – the company/person is getting original content without paying for it. You see, they probably have fed the same story to hundreds of freelance writers who fell for it. So, they’re getting hundreds of pieces of original content — for free.

Why This Online Writing Jobs Scam Is So Prevalent

The reason they do it is because content costs and they’re either too lazy or too stupid to produce it themselves. Many behind these types of scams are internet and affiliate marketers with hundreds of websites.

To pay someone to write original, informative content for their sites would run them thousands of dollars. So, they prey on unsuspecting web writers who are new to the industry to produce the content.

How to Avoid These Types of Online Writing Jobs Scams

It’s surprisingly simple. Don’t write original content for free. Legitimate businesses will pay you to write a sample if they’re considering using you. Most often though, they won’t even require it. The samples you already have will work just fine. So, remember this.

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Source by Yuwanda Black

Writing Your First Christian Ebook

In a previous article that I wrote, “The Art of Christian writing,” I talked about how to write from God’s inspiration as a Christian writer. When you decide to write a Christian ebook, its kind of content is not going to be vastly different from your other writing works as a Christian writer. You are still a Christian writer who must write from the seat of a God inspired spirit and soul.

There are many excellent secular articles on how to write your first ebook. Some may tell you to do some research and find out what’s “hot” or selling on the Internet market and then write about that topic. Hopefully, the topic would be in the same line as your business. Others may tell you to use article writing to promote your website and product(s), without being flagrantly product promotional in your ebook. Still, many people do not follow this good advice; they simply write very poor quality ebooks that are nothing more than pages of promotional material for their products and websites, with no real valuable content information for the reader. While ebooks are an effective tool for marketing an internet business or other businesses, I agree with those who suggest that ebooks should be content-rich and provide valuable information for the reader, even if the ebook is a free, give-away gift to promote a website or business product(s).

As Christian writers, we are not to be driven solely by profit in making our decision about what ebook topic we are to write. I believe that first and foremost, we are really “Ghost” writers for God through His Holy Spirit that dwells within us. So, we are to first pray and ask God to inspire us to write on a topic that He wants us to. You see the amazing thing about being a Christian writer is that when God inspires you to write about a specific topic, rest assured that many people need that information. For example, you may be inspired to write about how to select the best ebook creating software for Christian writers. You may be surprised at the number of Christian writers who are struggling to understand and decide which software to purchase for use in writing and publishing their ebooks. You could be inspired to write about selecting a good website hosting company. You may later discover that with the myriads of website hosting companies available, many Christian writers are overwhelmed with trying to select the company that offers the best and appropriate package for their desired website. God guides Christian writers on what to write and how to write what they write. So, never take this aspect of Christian writing for granted. Once you have a clear vision of the ebook that you are going to write do some research to add to your work.

Once your inspiration is now soaring and you are overflowing with words to pen down, feel free to start writing, using any word processing software. Later, you can always cut and past your writing into an ebook creating software application, or easily covert your document into a simple pdf file. Please note that there are people who write directly into an ebook creator software application. Personally, I prefer to write and store my initial ebook content in a word processing application and then transfer such content, as needed, when creating an actual ebook. In the case of an ebook pdf format, all you would need to do is simply distill a word processing document into a pdf file format.

Below is a clear, writing approach that I suggest that you take as you embark on writing your first Christian ebook writing project:

1. First, you must ask some critical questions. Who is your target audience? Is it just Christians or everyone? If it is everyone, then you need to decide how to present the Biblical information, in a manner that many will receive it. In short, you would need to write what I call, “crossover” Christian writing. This is the kind of writing that appeals to both Christians and non-Christians, because it contains palatable universal truths that all humans can relate to. For example, “Understanding your purpose in life,” “Christian strategies for dealing with daily stress,” etc. But remember, you have to write what God has inspired you to write.

2. Write down an outline of the Christian topic you have decided to write about based on a Biblical theme. Decide whether you plan to write a short Christian ebook or a full-blown book length. I suggest that depending on what the Christian ebook is meant to accomplish, you should then make the decision about the length. For example, if the Christian ebook is for teaching, it could be longer than one designed for evangelism.

3. Organize your Christian ebook outline into logical chapter sections. This could be a by-chapter one-sentence synopsis of what each chapter of your ebook will be about. This is a kind of chapter-by-chapter synopsis.

4. Start with an introduction. Why are you writing about this specific topic? Are there existing problems that individuals are facing, either within the Christian community, or the world as whole, and that you need to address in your writing? Also, be ready to offer Bible-focused approaches or solutions to tackle the problems identified, but avoid coming across as being judgmental.

5. What do you hope to achieve with your Christian writing, specifically, your ebook? Is a teaching, preaching or an evangelism tool? Is it motivational or inspirational writing? What is your target gender and age group, etc.? Is your ebook for women or men, youth or children? Remember that you are targeting sub groups from within a general pool of Christian readers and non-Christian readers, and perhaps, new individuals who recently have become inspired to read ebooks and books in general.

6. Now, center on your main writing focus, which is the primary core of your Christian ebook. Write from your heart. Write as though you are sitting with someone you really care about and whose interest you have at heart. So, pour out in your writing, the inspirational words that God has given you. Tackle the issue of your writing focus with powerful words of God and deliver in writing an electrifying message, offering short and long-term Bible-based approaches to solving the problems. Don’t worry about editing your writing for now. Just write. You’ll focus on the editing aspect later.

7. Make sure that as you write on the main focus, that is the core of your writing, you clearly identify specific issues, discuss them and provide solutions or guidance based on God’s Holy Word. Don’t come across as superficial in your writing, or as having little or no expert knowledge on the topic that you are writing about.

8. Write simply, clearly and concisely. As much as possible, please bullet your points and keep them straightforward and plain. Remember that when people are seeking information, the last thing they would want is a long, convoluting prose that is hard to decipher what the point is.

9. As much as possible try to use specific and realistic examples to illustrate your points.

10. Avoid using generalizations, as this may turn off some people.

11. If you are writing a “crossover” Christian ebook, don’t sound too preachy or you may loose your audience. Instead, present and illustrate God’s Holy Word with examples of real life scenarios that your audience can relate to. For example, you can illustrate how a mountain climber stranded on a Swiss snow mountain prayed for a miracle and got one; a rescue helicopter that had flown across several times and didn’t spot him, suddenly did after he prayed.

12. Write your conclusion or summary. This should be brief and concise and should not be a repetition of what you have already stated; rather you can ask a question about the Christian topic that you are writing about. Something for your reader to think about, or perhaps, a hook that would make then eager to read your next Christian ebook.

13. Now, edit and polish your ebook content that is still in a word processing format, and get it ready to be produced or created, that is, for you to cut and paste your writing into the ebook format of your choice. There are many excellent articles on different ebook formats and ebook cover creator software. Shortly, I will be adding a new article, “Christian Writers Choice of eBook Format.”

Bear in mind that your first Christian ebook could become the beginning of a great Christian ministry for you. Your first Christian ebook could be the beginning of tons of ebooks that you will be writing, a Christian ebook webstore or a teaching, preaching and evangelism ministry that could touch the lives of millions around the world. Remember the popular adage that goes, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” So, gear up, take the first step, and start writing your first Christian ebook.

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Source by Jacyee Aniagolu-Johnson

Is Wireless Internet Technology Making Journalism Obsolete?

It is no secret that newspapers, magazines, and other publications of traditional journalism are badly hemorrhaging readership. Many people familiar with the industry put the blame on mobile broadband and other Internet technologies, which has led to the Internet rapidly replacing these publications as people’s primary source of news. What impact does this have on the profession of journalism, and on the quality of news that people receive?

Years ago, traditional forms of journalism – i.e. print journalism and television journalism – were largely considered authoritative, independent sources of information. For example, television anchor Walter Cronkite is perceived as turning the public in the United States against the Vietnam War through his efforts to hold the government accountable for its prosecution of the war. Newspaper and television reporting is still largely cited as a reliable source of information in academic publications, similar to the results of formal, scientific studies in disciplines such as biology or chemistry.

However, many people fear that modern Internet journalism has undermined both the independence as well as factual accuracy of journalism. Since the beginning of 24-hour news television, many experts in the field have argued that this journalism has been less about truth, and more about entertaining viewers and getting the “scoop” before one’s competitors. Traditional publications were shamed by the fact that President Bill Clinton’s affair in the Oval Office of the White House was largely uncovered by Internet journalists. Since that event approximately fifteen years ago, Internet journalism, using tools such as 4G internet service and WiMax, has only grown in prominence.

Some have noted that established journalistic institutions instill a code of ethics in their reporters, emphasizing above all to them the twin pillars of accuracy and independence in their pursuit of the truth. By contrast, according to certain people, Internet journalism follows no code of ethics. Therefore, one can never really be sure that personal biases are not distorting Internet reporting. Internet journalism can devolve into an exercise in ferreting out “spin,” or the ways in which these journalists attempt to influence current events as well as simply report on them.

However, one only has to think back to the “yellow journalism” of William Randolph Hearst and others at the turn of the 20th century to rebut this argument. Hearst clearly used his newspapers, as trusted as they were by many people at the time, to promote his particular political agenda and causes. Rather than promoting and serving an educated citizenry, “yellow journalism” was a form of political speech, rather than an attempt to shed light on the events of the day. Thus, it can be said that the debate over whether journalism is a tool to influence or to inform citizens is not necessarily a product of the Internet age.

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Source by Jason Tandle

How to Beat Down Writer’s Block and Write Like a Pro

First off, you need to realize that writer’s block is a state of mind. And I’ll show you why here in a second or two, when I get past this 15 minute time limit.

But first things first…

Start writing your blog post with some quick and easy tips for accomplishing your specific task – writing this article. And number them out so you can identify the markers, for your bullet points. I use a number dash system like below.

1 – Focus on Your Keyword Phrase for the Article You’re Writing

My keyword phrase for this article is Write Like a Pro. or Write for Profit. I often have two, one in the header, and one in my thought process, and both are rolling off the keyboard early in the article. Then I’m going to mention them a couple more times in the article. That phrase, or those phrases, as the case may be helps me to stay on track, write like a pro, and makes writing for profit easier, because I know exactly what my purpose is. Stay focused on those keyword phrases. Yours will probably be different, but still relevant.

2 – Use Bulleted Points to Reference 3 – 5 Specifics about Your Topic

Your bullet points should include your keyword phrase, and a few other relevant points that help you stay on target. When you write for profit, it’s often referred to as freelancing, and you write like a pro to keep the money coming in, whether you’re writing for pay or marketing options. Articles on your site, published to article marketers, or as guest posts on someone else’s blog are marketing options and they have to payout. If you’re not gaining traffic and buyers from your articles posted, it’s wasted time and effort on your part. Payment for what you write is an important aspect of writing for profit, because if you don’t get paid, you’ll be flipping burgers to feed your family pretty darned fast. Nothing wrong with flipping burgers, but you’re a writer!

3 – Have Your Hook Built Into the Topic You Write

If you had writer’s block at the beginning of this message, you noticed we focused on it right away. Then I hooked you into the solution by discarding the writer’s block concept for later in the article. I could have skipped it altogether, and you’d probably never have missed it, however, EzineArticles.com would have slapped my fingers silly for promising something I didn’t give you. So… I’m going to give it to you right now.

Writer’s Block is a state of mind. If you change your mind and focus on something of relevance and purpose, you don’t have it anymore. Writer’s block GONE.

Notice, I dispersed it twice, by starting over with First things first, and then, 1 – to move you right into the topic. You don’t have to include the three firsts in your final article. But if you’re struggling with writing, use them to kick your fingers off the keys and get you moving toward a 15 minute piece of content that’s worth way more than $15 an hour.

Now why would you want to flip burgers?

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Source by Jan Verhoeff

How Delaying The Decision Of Hiring A Copywriter Could Be Costing You $$$$

Dear Friend,

Would you call yourself a good decision maker? I know I am, but I know too many people who aren’t and it’s costing them dearly!

Get this. Recently, a very close friend of mine was job hunting here in London.

After countless interviews, he was presented with two amazing job offers. I’m talking six-figure salary, paid vacations, pension plan, the lot!

The thing was, he only had three days to make a decision…

My friend is probably one of the most indecisive people you could ever meet.

He was simply unable to decide which offer to go with.

Now, you couldn’t make the next part of this story up!

On the day he had to choose, fate kindly decided to step in and give him a hard, jaw breaking kick in the teeth!

What happened? All of a sudden, his long term fiancé decided to pack up and leave him. He was devastated.

He couldn’t think about anything else and forgot to tell his potential new employers of his decision. Meaning that they gave the jobs to other people.

No girlfriend, no job… all because of the inability to make a decision.

What does any of this have to do with you?

Look, if you are seriously considering hiring a copywriter, you need to know this important thing…

There are a whole load more of business owners who desperately need top notch copywriters than there are copywriters!

Hiring a copywriter is dead easy…

But hiring a results getting Copywriter is a whole different story.

Supply is limited my friend.

My point is this…

Business owners who come across top notch copywriters, but fail to pull the trigger and hire them because they can’t decide who to choose, waiting for something even better to come along, are falling behind their competitors at an alarmingly fast rate and missing out on a ton of cash and new business!

Here’s what happens…

Any copywriter worth their salt WILL have a waiting list of clients. And the longer you wait to decide and hire him, the longer you’ll have to wait for him to craft a winning bit of copy for you.

And while you’re waiting (and this happens time and time again), you’ll probably be flushing your marketing budget down the drain promoting old copy that simply doesn’t work anymore.

Good copywriters are worth their weight in gold! Their sales messages bring in the big bucks and skyrocket your bottom-line.

Don’t be indecisive! When you know you’ve come across someone who could potentially deliver a winning bit of copy for you… pull the trigger.

Peace.

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Source by Tal Sam

Use Metaphors and Similes to Find Nonfiction Writing Ideas

Two writing methods useful to spice up your writing and make it more fun is to use a metaphor or simile to illustrate a point in your writing.

METAPHOR OR SIMILE DEFINED

Both a metaphor and a simile are statements of comparison between two different items that share one aspect or trait in common. Unlike analogies that use five or six points of comparison, a metaphor or simile uses only one and lets the reader extend the thought on their own.

A metaphor uses the wording, “X is Y.” For example, “Life is a banquet.” The reader thinks about a banquet, picturing all the food, people, fun, and activities and then relates those images back to life, with the reader seeing the similarities. The point(s) of comparison are implied but rarely explained.

A simile uses the wording, “X is like Y” or “X is as Y,” with the comparison being explicit, that is, with more of an explanation. For example, one of the famous line from Forrest Gump is “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you will get.” That simile actually gives an explanation in addition to the simile itself, just in case we do not realize that a box of chocolates usually have different flavors or types contained within.

In selecting the right metaphor or simile, make sure the point you are making with that figure of speech matches exactly the tone and topic of your writing. A mismatch will either sound strange or become unintentionally funny, neither of which would be a good reaction.

These comparisons are trickier to come up with than, say, examples, but they can add spice and interesting content to your writing when you get them right.

WHEN TO USE METAPHORS AND SIMILES

Use them when you have found one that really fits the writing situation. Do not overuse them, as their use should be a little added spice. Too much and the spice becomes overwhelming.

With that said, if you are trying for humor, an excessive number of metaphors and similes could work in your favor, but again, be careful to get them right.

TWO EXAMPLES

Here is another metaphor: “Life is a bouquet of flowers, varied and beautiful.”

Here is another simile: “Life is like a picnic: it is best when shared.”

QUESTIONS FOR DETERMINING USE OF METAPHORS OR SIMILES

1. Do you have a point being made that could really benefit from one of these?

2. Do you have a metaphor or simile that you would like to use in the writing? Find the right place to put it, making sure it fits exactly.

3. Do you need to give credit to an author for providing the metaphor or simile or is it considered common knowledge? Do check this out and give credit where credit is due.

4. If you feel you need to put a metaphor or simile someplace in your writing but cannot find one that someone else said, then come up with one of your own. Focus on the point you want to make with the figure of speech and then think. If one does not come to mind, think about something else, and let it come to you unheeded.

Using metaphors and similes can add spice and fun to your writing, but only if done well and sparingly.

Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg



Source by Katherine Ploeger

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