Three Reasons to Blog for Your Business

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What is a business blog and why should you have one? The most important function of a blog is to serve as a platform for you and your business; a blog is a way for you to easily, quickly, and consistently tell your story to prospects and current clients or customers.

Whatever your creative or business endeavor, you can be sure that there are thousands or even tens of thousands of other people or businesses like yours. So how do you stand out from the crowd? Writing and publishing regularly on your own blog will help to get you noticed and established as an authority in your field.

1) Establish Relationships with Your Readers

Unlike most “push-type” ads that only allow for one-way communication from you to your prospects, a blog allows you to have a two-way communication venue to actual conversations between you, your prospects, and your customers or clients. Building actual relationships with people helps to build your brand and your reputation.

2) Bring Traffic to Your Website

Publishing regular posts on your blog is a fantastic way bring attention and traffic to your website. (You DO have a website, don’t you?) As you become more proficient in your blogging efforts, you’ll learn how to use relevant keywords for your niche or industry, learn to share on your social networks, and to link to other similar blogs for greater exposure.

Sharing your blog posts via social media is accomplished in two ways: 1) you share via your own social networks when you publish your post, and 2) your readers share your posts via their social media outlets. By ensuring that your blog posts are shared far and wide, you will increase your visibility and your authority.

3) Generate Leads for Your Business

Each of your blog posts should include a CTA (“Call To Action”) that encourages your readers to sign up for your email list, contact you for further information, or “Like” your Facebook Page. Your email list will be one of your most valuable items, so getting contact information for your prospects and customers or clients will be so much easier from a blog post that also gives your readers valuable and interesting information.

A blog for your business is different than the personal blogs that many people have for journaling or family and friends. Your business blog is an invaluable tool for growing your company. If you would like help in setting up your business blog on your business website, we would love to work with you! Contact us!

Women’s History Month: Lorraine Hansberry

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Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois. She wrote A Raisin in the Sun, a play about a struggling black family, which opened on Broadway to great success. Hansberry was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. Throughout her life she was heavily involved in civil rights. She died at 34 of pancreatic cancer.
In New York, Hansberry attended the New School for Social Research and then worked for Paul Robeson’s progressive black newspaper, Freedom, as a writer and associate editor from 1950 to 1953. She also worked part-time as a waitress and cashier, and wrote in her spare time. By 1956, Hansberry quit her jobs and committed her time to writing. In 1957, she joined the Daughters of Bilitis and contributed letters to their magazine, The Ladder, about feminism and homophobia. Her lesbian identity was exposed in the articles, but she wrote under her initials, L.H., for fear of discrimination.
During this time, Hansberry wrote The Crystal Stair, a play about a struggling black family in Chicago, which was later renamed A Raisin in the Sun, a line from a Langston Hughes poem. The play opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on March 11, 1959, and was a great success, having a run of 530 performances. It was the first play produced on Broadway by an African-American woman, and Hansberry was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. The film version of A Raisin in the Sun was completed in 1961, starring Sidney Poitier, and received an award at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1963, Hansberry became active in the Civil Rights Movement. Along with other influential people, including Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne and James Baldwin, Hansberry met with then attorney general Robert Kennedy to test his position on civil rights. In 1963, her second play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, opened on Broadway to unenthusiastic reception

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Tribute to Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright August Wilson

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Tonight, August 26, 2013, renowned Broadway actors will perform the 1st live recording of all ten plays of the Pittsburgh Cycle of plays by August Wilson. Each play will be read and recorded in order over the next few weeks.

For more details about this great tribute and the full schedule click here.

August Wilson was born as Frederick August Kittel, Jr. in Pittsburgh in 1945. In 1965, after his father died, he decided to change his name to August Wilson to honor his mother. During his life Wilson had many jobs, including: chef for the Little Brothers of the Poor, writing educational scripts for the Science Museum of Minnesota, even as a porter and and a gardener when money was tight.

Wilson was an American playwright and his crowning achievement The Pittsburgh Cycle (that includes a series of ten plays) was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. This 10-play cycle depicts 100 years of African-American life. Divided into each of the decades, these plays explore African-American life throughout the 20th century:

august_wilsonGem of the Ocean (2003) – 1900s

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1988) – 1910s

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1984) – 1920s

The Piano Lesson (1990) – 1930s

Seven Guitars (1995) – 1940s

Fences (1987) – 1950s

Two Trains Running (1991) – 1960s

Jitney (1982) – 1970s

King Hedley II (1999) – 1980s

Radio Golf (2005) – 1990s

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Empathy or Sympathy?

Question PersonEmpathy and sympathy are similar, but not the same. When to use which word depends on the context.

*empathy* means the ability to better understand a person’s or point of view because you yourself have experienced something similar.

*sympathy* means feeling compassion for another’s person’s feelings or point of view although you have probably not been in the same situation or same place.

According to dictionary.com, you feel empathy when you’ve “been there”, and you feel “sympathy” when you haven’t “been there” (literally or figuratively).

If you need help with confusing word pairs, the awesome writers and editors at Writing It Right For You can emphasize! We’ve been there! We can also sympathize and we’re ready to work with you!

What word pairs confuse you? Let us know in the comments section!

 

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The English Language is So Much Fun! (Or is it…)

I found this graphic on my Facebook Page (posted by “Grammarly”) and I just HAD to share it with you!

What English words drive YOU crazy? Let us know in the comments section.

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NaBloPoMo 2011 Day 1

 

 

 

 

 

What is my favorite part about writing?

That is the writing prompt for the first day of National Blog Posting Month: NaBloPoMo, as it is affectionately called. The task is to publish a post every day of the month. This is one of my writing goals for this month.

So, what IS my favorite part about writing? It is hard to choose: the beginning, the middle, the ending? It is hard to decide, but when I think about it, my favorite part is right after I actually start the writing. Writers, like athletes, often get “into the zone” after the starting gun. Sometimes, it’s hard to get going; sometimes there is a lot of preparation research and planning to complete before the actual writing begins. But once the actual writing starts, the words begin to flow.

That is my favorite part of writing: when I’m “in the zone”. In my business, I do all kinds of academic and business writing and editing. I love all of the different writing and editing projects I do and my job is very interesting because I write and edit so many different topics and issues. But no matter what type of personal or professional writing I do, my favorite part is when I’m “in the zone”.

This Day #1 of NaBloPoMo is cross-posted on my page at BlogHer.com.

Top Ten Reasons to Work with Keith

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1)    Keith has more than 25 years of experience as a professional journalist. Keith knows what makes a compelling news article, as well as a compelling piece of commentary that is likely to get the attention of editors.

2)    Keith has also published works of fiction and is an avid reader of all sorts of fiction, with a special attraction to sci-fi, horror, and character-driven literary fiction. If you need someone to read over your novel, or short story, and make helpful suggestions about how to make it better, Keith is your guy.

3)     Keith has experience writing/creating his own blog site as well as writing for others. He is currently a regular contributor to the widely-read political blog site Jack and Jill Politics. If you would like to know how to write tight, compelling blog posts that will attract readers, Keith can help with that. Keith is NOT the guy to see for improving blog design, however. Words are what Keith does best, and he prefers to stick to that.

4)    Keith has a lot of patience, and does not believe in beating up aspiring writers to make them better writers. Keith believes this method only results in adding to the already overflowing pool of beat up aspiring writers. If you’re serious about getting better, Keith will do everything in Keith’s powers to make you better. And if you happen to be a better writer than Keith, Keith will quickly recognize that and bow down.

5)    Keith has a great sense of humor, which helps Keith survive those who don’t.

6)    Keith prefers not to handle numerous clients at a time so that he can devote more quality time to the relative handful he may be working with at any given time. The top number of clients Keith will work with at once will range from 3 to 5. Apologies in advance to those who may not be included at first, but this really is done to maximize devotion of time and resources toward the needs of my clients.

7)    Did I mention that Keith has a great sense of humor?

8)    Keith also has experience writing press releases, and will gladly provide assistance to anyone wishing to write a concise, strong press release likely to get the attention of readers and editors. Keith would prefer not to get involved in the distribution and marketing aspect of press releases. In other words, Keith will help you write it, but it will be up to you to know where you plan to send it.

9)    Keith asks that each client have a clear set of goals to work toward, which makes everything easier. If this area is still somewhat murky, Keith is willing to work with clients to help them better define what those goals are and/or should be.

10) Keith is good to work with because Keith actually loves good writing as much as he hates bad writing. The army of good writers needs reinforcements, and this is where you come in.

What We Do: Bios/Auto Bios Ghostwriting

Do you have a story that you want to share?  Is it about you, someone you know or admire?  Now, the hard part.

  • Where does the story begin?
  • Where does the story end?
  • Does your story end at all?
  • Should you start in order of time or significance?

If these questions are plaguing your mind, please contact us. Our pricing is results-driven as opposed to hourly rates.  At Writing It Right For You, we are happy to work directly with you on producing your story with meticulous care.  Contact us for your free 30 minute consultation.  Our prices for ghostwriting won’t haunt you!

 

What We Do: Academic Writing and Editing Assistance

I am a retired English and Social Sciences public school teacher and college instructor: I have a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in English, Education and Psychology; and a Reading Specialist Certification. When I started Writing It Right For You, it never occurred to me that I would be *teaching* again. But one of the largest parts of my business today involves working with graduate and post-graduate students here in the United States as well as several other countries, including those for whom English is not their first language.

There is an on-going debate whether students should have assistance with the academic papers–many people say no, however I strongly say yes. Everyone who writes books, papers, articles, etc. for someone else to read should work with an editor. For students, English is not always their best subject although they may excel in other areas. Writing is a skill that must be developed like any other, and one of the best ways to learn how to write well is to work closely with someone who does write well.

Here at Writing It Right For You, we work closely and personally with graduate and post-graduate students on their independent study assignments, dissertations and theses. Many times, we work with students for several months at a time or over an entire university year which is very helpful with continuity. Students qualify for a discounted fee structure from our standard business rates.

If you are a university student looking for professional and personal assistance with your graduate or post-graduate studies, contact us. We will be honored to work with you for your academic success.

Is your “Inner Novel” waiting for be written?

If you were looking for a “boost” to get that fiction novel written, here is your chance!

Since 1999, every November has been “NaNoWriMo” month around the world. “National Novel Writing Month” is an interactive and fun way to spend 30 days working on getting that novel out of your head and onto your favorite word processing program.

According to the NaNoWriMo website, participants begin writing on November 1 and work towards the goal of writing a 175-page original novel by midnight, November 30. The program is geared towards anyone who has even thought about writing a novel but has been hindered by thinking they didn’t have the time or that it would take too much effort.

Here are some additional FAQs:

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.

Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.

To find out more and to sign up, visit the How NaNoWriMo Works page!

Once your novel is written, you will of course need professional editing, formatting, and preparation for publishing! At Writing It Right For You, we work with authors who have finished manuscripts and are ready for the next steps. We can help you get your novel into Amazon.com, Apple.com iBooks, or Lulu.com. We also work with a professional book sherpa if your desire a more traditional publishing route. After NaNoWriMo, be sure to contact us and have your new novel ready for publishing in the new year!

Writing Genres: Narrative Writing

Everyone loves a good story. Whether you watch a great television, see an award-winning movie, attend a sold-out play, or read a highly recommended book, it is because someone had a story to tell.

“Narrative” comes from the word “narrate” which of course means to tell a story; narrative writing includes novels, biographies, autobiographies, short stories, essays, plays, historical accounts, plays, and so on. Narrative writing can be either fiction or non-fiction.

When writing a narrative, the best way to start is to just start. There are specific parts and an order in a properly written narrative, but the most important thing to do is to get your ideas on paper first. Don’t slow yourself down worrying about the formal details at the beginning. Good writing takes practice; but all narratives have a beginning, a middle and an end.

If you need assistance writing your story, contact the writers at Writing It Right For You.