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Writing Skill Builder (A Quick Exercise)
Write at least 100 words about a piece of clothing that you own or for some reason find interesting.
Write a poem about giving away something you wanted to keep.
Short Story / Fast Fiction Prompt
Write a story in which a character must clean something.
Essay / Non-Fiction Prompt
Write about the first place outside your home you remember visiting.
On-location research allows us to walk through the physical worlds we create as writers and lets us fully live in the fantasies we create. The stories we tell when we return from those journeys are the kind every eager reader craves.
- Don’t Just Write Your Notes–Draw Them
- Plan to Be Surprised
- Beat the Bushes for Details
- Live in the Fantasy
- Identify your topic.
- What topic-related problem is addressed in your book?
- What is the outcome behind the need?
- What is book’s tone and personality?
- Hang out with end users: the people with the problems.
- Create a Targeted Marketing Plan
Look at What You Have to Identify Your Audience
- Accountability Partners
- Public Accountability
- Making Lists
- Starting the Day Off Right
- Having a Routine
- Begin the Day Writing
- Exercise First Thing
- Get Enough Sleep
- Rising Early
The Wilson Principle – To hook your readers and get the story going quickly, your POV character needs someone to interact with.
Create a Red Wine Disaster – Start in the middle is to open the scene just before the conflict heats up.
The “No Crystal Ball” Rule – If you wish to foreshadow knowledge the character will later learn, use hints of body language or show the character trying to pinpoint why something seemed familiar, ominous, or surprising.
Github, Bootstrap, Wikipedia, jQuery, Responsive design, SVG (scalable vector graphics), HTML5, StackOverflow, Static site generators, oAuth, REST APIs, JSON, WordPress, Google search, AJAX, Instant search, Youtube, Facebook, Reddit, Smartphones, Twitter and hashtags, Fitbit, Big data, Amazon, Netflix, Internet of things, Augmented reality, Swagger, Safaribooksonline, LESS and Sass, Codeacademy, Fontawesome, Markdown, Heroku, Jenkins, DITA,
- Simple but effective headline
- Introduction to the process
- Titled steps
- Additional Information
- Read Books
- Read Blogs
- Read Magazines, Journals, and Papers
- Create a Blog
- Network, Network, Network
- Join a Community
- Get a Life
- Read Other Literature
- Use Time Wisely
Things to look for:
- Weak goal-conflict-stakes
- Lack of character motivation
- Sparse or missing descriptions
- Heavy (or missing) backstory or infodumps
- Slow or uneven pacing
- Lack of hooks
- Faulty logic
- Weak or missing foreshadowing or clues
- Areas that need more emotion
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- What’s New
- Compatible companion products
- System requirements
- Documentation and Examples
- Known Issues
- Deprecated features
- Removed features
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Freelance Proofreader – Javelin Marketing
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Freelance Soccer Editor – Heavy Inc.
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Freelance Junior Marcom Copywriter
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Content Writer – Insight Global
Insight Global is looking for an experienced Content Strategist to join a versatile, strategic and entrepreneurial team. The right candidate will be a talented high-performer who is able to hit the ground running and take ownership of content strategy. This position will be focused on planning, creation, management and analysis of content to align with marketing and business objectives specifically maximizing customer conversion and retention.
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Content Writer/ RFP Specialist – FlexPrint
Marketing Content Writer – World Wide Technology
Blogger/Content Writer – Abels & Annes, P.C.
Content Writer – TiVo
Work with technical subject matter experts to gather necessary information to develop content that is suitable for the intended audience. Write knowledge base articles, training slides, operations documents, and quick reference guides. Take direction from team manager or lead to develop engaging learning solutions that are consistent with department standards. Help identify and implement process improvements.