Editing your written work: how not to miss mistakes

Today please welcome guest author Lucy Benton – originally from Illinois, USA and now resident of Sydney, Australia. Lucy is a writing and editing expert who also runs a superb blog, ProWritingPartner, which I thoroughly recommend as a goldmine of first-class grammar, editing and general writing resources. Sz.

How to edit your text properly

You ought to remove the flab as well as the excess so your reader truly understands your ideas

We are all well aware of the fact that creating something in a draft allows us to lay down the ideas and to clarify the entire structure of what we’re writing. However, the sharpness and the value of the text comes next – when you edit and refine what you want to say. [Read more…]

Writing about yourself: why you need to color yourself in

This clever tip and accompanying story were shared recently by the amazing Tsufit, author of an excellent book which I can personally recommend, called “Step Into The Spotlight: a guide to getting noticed.”

We came up with a whole tomato analogy for speakers, how some are still seedlings, some are still green, some are ripe and plump and juicy and ready for market and others are just plain rotten!

We came up with a whole tomato analogy for speakers, how some are still seedlings, some are still green, some are ripe and plump and juicy and ready for market and others are just plain rotten!

Here she is…

Ever wonder why the telephone companies use frogs and dimes and beavers and geckos in their ads? Why? Because you can’t SEE phone service.

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How to optimize your blog’s images in 3 easy steps (and why you should)

Blog writers, in particular, often forget to optimize the images we use to illustrate our words – so losing some potentially valuable SEO traction. Yet with just a few simple key strokes you can benefit from greater Google visibility. To show us how, please welcome USA-based content marketer Owen Hunt

How to optimize your images and why it's important

We’ve all heard that images are important to add life to our content and spice up otherwise boring and bland content. What we haven’t discussed nearly enough, is how important optimizing images is for your overall SEO. We spend so much time on text and behind the scenes optimization that many of us forget our images.

Without properly optimizing your images, you could be leaving half of your SEO potential on the table. [Read more…]

How a life coach builds trust by writing

How writing helps this life coach establish trust with his target audience. There is a lesson for most of us to learn here, so please welcome Johnny Limpus, UK-based life coach who describes himself as “the life coach for people who don’t like life coaches.” Read on and find out why, and how he overcomes that barrier to secure loyal and fulfilled clients…

HTWB life coach writes to gain trust

The way forward for a life coach: write, don’t just talk?

How to create more trust (and clients) through writing

I think that trust is a funny thing in business. When you have it, you can move very quickly, and when you don’t, you can get stuck. [Read more…]

Why academic writing is soooo boring – but needn’t be

Please welcome freelance content writer Jessica Freeman from Sydney, Australia, who shares her thoughts on why academic writing has become so boring to read … plus some ways in which to make it more reader-friendly. Over to Jessica…

Academic writing exists only to share knowledge and ideas. Sadly, we have created a culture where students are trained to create sterile and clinical documents. Academic work tends to be very technical, and students are afraid to add a little flair or entertainment value through fear of losing marks when they are graded.

HTWB academic writing for students

Academic writing has its own unique structure, and writers are not penalized for being boring.

This habit of writing sterile and clinical documents then follows the academic through his or her life and few academics ever learn how to write entertaining texts.

Are academic works really that boring?

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Need some help with your creative writing? Grab these tools now

Writing creative material that’s good enough to grab publishers by the short hairs is always big challenge. Here, guest contributor Gloria Kopp shares her top tips on the tools she finds invaluable for getting manuscripts ready to, er, grab prospective publishers by the short hairs and with luck, lead to a publishing contract. (And best of all, these tools work for most other types of writing, too – for business, blogging, web content, and more.) Go, Gloria …

Essential proofreading and editing toolkit for creative writers

book writing help on HTWB

Writing a book, or thinking about it? Here are some tools you may find very helpful.

Everyone has always got that secret weapon hidden in their back pocket – that trick that helps them get the job done easily, quickly and properly. For creative writers, your secret weapon is right here; a cache of essential proofreading and editing tools to improve the quality of your writing, and turn it from something good to something spectacular. [Read more…]

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