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Word Count is not the Only Project Pricing Factor

When you are a business owner in a specific industry, you can increase your knowledge by reading and studying others in your chosen field. Laura Spencer is a freelance writer I follow regularly. Sometimes other writers say exactly what I have been saying.       August 27, 2012 | Laura Spencer | Comments 0 FAQ: 8 Factors...

Guest Post: Writing Then and Now

One of the awesome benefits of full-time freelancing online is the opportunity to meet and interact with so many wonderful people around the globe. I receive so much great information and inspiration from one of my wonderful and talented writer friends from “across the pond”…enjoy her post, follow her on Twitter, and check her websites...

Begs The Question

This is a commonly used expression.  But what does it mean exactly? To say that an argument or point of view “begs the question” means that the argument is assumed to be true without any evidence present to make the case. Example:  “That car is worth nothing because it’s worthless.” This sentence is not only...

Parentheses

These tricky little devils can be the friend or foe of sentence structure.  There are essentially 3 basic rules when dealing with parentheses, so this post will be straight to the point. Use to show words or figures that clarify or are used as visual aids or asides. My assignment was to write a one...

Your vs You’re

Ah, yes those wonderful conjunction confusions.  Don’t you just love getting a little red mark on the paper you spent days working on, just because of a little conjunction misplacement?  *Insert sarcasm here* Now, let’s take a moment to release that anger.  Are we good? Ok, here’s the breakdown: YOUR: Possessive; adjective.  Describes anything relating...

If vs Whether

This is a case of duality, in that both of these words can have similar meaning.  However, these words are not necessarily interchangeable.  Let’s take a look at why. IF – Conjunction; Used to assume an event, consequence with a variety of results. WHETHER – Conjunction; Used to demonstrate a consequence of only alternating results;...

Then vs Than

I don’t know how many of you are on Twitter (twitter.com/wirfy), but I see this mistake made with 140 characters on my timeline far too often.  Let’s begin by defining both terms. Then:  Adverb.  Used to explain something at the time it is taking place.  Then can also be used to demonstrate the order in...

Subject Verb Agreement

When you are writing, do your subjects live in harmony with the verbs?  They should; that’s what makes a happy sentence, paragraph, term paper, and everyday conversation. To clarify: a subject is a noun (person, place, or thing) and a verb is an action.  Now, verbs and nouns can be singular or plural.  Most plural...

I vs Me

Oh, the frequency of this error!  So I’ll keep this extremely brief.  When dealing with ‘I’ or “me” (rarely, myself) you must remember: Use ‘I’ (pronoun) when ‘I’ is the subject of the verb.  In the example sentences below the subject is plural. CORRECT: Felicia and I are going to the movies. INCORRECT: My brother...

Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences

Do your sentences seem to be more of a marathon than a sprint?  If so, you are probably one of many heavily worded people with a comma splice or run-on sentence occurrence. A run-on sentence combines two independent clauses without a conjunction or any punctuation.  A comma splice uses a comma to join two independent...

Allusive, Elusive, or Illusive

All of these words can sound alike and thus, be confusing to anyone.  So, in this post we will strictly look at the definitions and different versions of the words defined.  Note: the suffix –ive indicates a present action.  Each of the following words is an action word. Allusive:  From the word allude.  Allude means...

When is a blog a cheese sandwich?

Using social media to promote your blog. This question was posed on twitter some time back, and the point the poster was trying to make is a very valid one.  In essence, the question is the same as the old one about whether a tree falling in a forest makes a sound if there is...