Monday, July 23, 2007
It just sounds punchable, doesn't it?
"His language is beautifully poetic. But he made it that way by working hard at it, revising some of his poems as much as 500 times. Even on holiday he took the chance to be creative with words. You can do the same. In fact, the times when you don’t need to be concise, or use your writing to persuade people to buy something, are a great opportunity to have fun with words. Try buying blank postcards when you go on holiday. On the side that usually has a photo, paint a picture with words instead."
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Aaron's blog, Something Rotten (linked on the right as well), is also a much-visited site of mine and his photos are definitely making me want to visit Copenhagen for real instead of simply sitting in
Kastrup Airport transfer lounges waiting for a flight back to Finland. Check out the EFI blog and Something Rotten; there's much worse things you could do with a spare few minutes.
Monday, May 07, 2007
What do I do? I read. I scan blogs for tips. I look back over previous work to learn how to tweak it better next time for the same client. I read books to keep my eye in; getting back into reading properly has done my confidence the world of good. As a freelance writer I get struck by 'the fear' sometimes - can you still churn it out for other people on demand?
Thing is, all it takes is one or two bits of work that just flow out, as happened with a newsletter I did for a client last week, and bang, back comes the buzz and the confidence.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Polishing people's work brings with it an unspoken commitment that you can spell, you know what subject-verb agreement is, but without these books I'd be doing a lot more googling:
1) The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors - indispensable guide to all things. What's the proper abbreviation for Euro? When does good quality have a hyphen? Spam or spam?
2) The Penguin Guide to Punctuation - gapping commas, semicolons, question marks; it's all there, but what I really like about this book is that it's readable and has plenty of practical examples.
Friday, March 23, 2007
One fellow replies to a post about Southwest's policy of 'larger' passengers having to book 2 seats by saying "
It's the holy grail; Southwest can sell that guy ANYTHING. Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking him, but I can't see myself idly sitting on the bus reciting the terms and conditions of my ISP service provision agreement, even if they did sort out my line upgrade in less than 12 hours...
Was a blog post really needed to point this out? It’s been enough bad PR for Southwest already, why call attention to it on a blog full of Southwest junkies where 95% could recite the entire Contract of Carriage word-for-word from memory anyways?
I know I can."
Monday, February 26, 2007
Blogging is not a new idea. It's nice to read stories about blogs/websites working as they should,
like Mike Reed's site, helping writers secure work with new customers. Blogs have helped me get work and have been used as references when putting in for work with new clients. Long may it continue...
Friday, January 26, 2007
- Cambridge Dictionaries - the cornerstone of daily work for me
- Webcredible - these guys really know their stuff: accessibility, usability, writing for the web...
- Excess Voice - Nick Usborne's blog; a man who knows about putting one word in front of another
- Contentious - Amy Gahran, Communications guru
- Out-Law.com - Legal issues and advice on technology law. Good podcast every week and a good set of resources on the ins and outs of Privacy, Data Protection , Disability Discrimination....and much more
Monday, January 15, 2007
It especially helps me if I'm working on technical documents and I'm reading something saying 'did they REALLY mean to say that/what the hell does that mean/is that really a word...' etc.
I just find that article from 'paint manufacturer machine mixer monthly' journal and away I go.