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Interview with Nigel Jarrett, February 2018

February 1, 2018 | No Comments

We’ve had him on The Great Word Nerd before and we’re honored to welcome him again in 2018—award-winning British author Nigel Jarrett is back to share the scoop on his latest book, a collection of stories called Who Killed Emil Kreisler? The collection appeared last year from the independent publisher Cultured Llama and is picking […]

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“Wimpy words” and how to chop them from your writing

February 25, 2017 | No Comments

“Wimpy words” and how to chop them from your writing Writers love stringing together the best, most powerful words to create stellar stories. If you’re a writer, you know exactly what I mean. You hack away at a sentence, ending up with one entirely different than what you started out with. You pick your brain […]

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How to write reader-friendly, easy-to-understand content

December 3, 2016 | No Comments

For the first time in my life, I’ve been hired by a regional chain bank to do what I love—you guessed it, write! (And yes, I get to do it in my jammies–so I’m still keeping true to my goal of being home with the kiddos 🙂 )So now you’re wondering what it is I […]

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Blogging for dumb dumbs: choosing the right platform

August 20, 2016 | No Comments

Now that you’re sure you want to trudge ahead on the journey to becoming a blogger, let’s get down to some serious stuff! One of the first things you’ll have to do is select a platform for your blog. What’s a platform? It’s the software you use to publish your blog. (You can find a […]

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Blogging for Dumb Dumbs: Blogger’s Dictionary

August 20, 2016 | No Comments

Deciphering blogging lingo can be super confusing. If you just want to get blogging but feel completely discouraged by “blogger babble,” you’re not alone.  When I first started blogging, it took me time (and patience) to decode all the jargon. So as part of my Blogging for Dumb Dumbs series, I put together this mini dictionary, […]

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16 simple ways to write a stellar intro

August 13, 2016 | No Comments

If you’re anything like me, the prospect of writing your next blog post excites you to bits and pieces. You’ve got this fabulous post in your mind and just can’t wait to get started. So you whip out your laptop, pose your fingers over your keyboard to tap out that fabulous intro to the fabulous […]

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The author’s handy-dandy checklist to becoming a New York Times Bestseller

August 11, 2016 | No Comments

When it comes to writing a book, there’s an overwhelming amount of advice floating around out there in the cyber world. And it’s tough to recall every last tid-bit of it as you’re going the through daunting task of not only trying to translate your thoughts to paper, but also trying to be an exceptional […]

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Easy tips to help you show versus tell

July 29, 2016 | No Comments

We hear it all the time, and it’s really not as confusing as it may sound. Show don’t tell basically means just that; instead of telling your reader about something, let them sense it and live it through your writing.  Why? Because the more you allow them to experience the story for themselves, the more […]

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How to write sharper sentences

July 15, 2016 | No Comments

For a lot of people, the hardest part about writing is getting their thoughts on paper. And really, it sometimes can be a challenge to transfer precisely what you’re thinking into words. Communicating succinctly takes some effort and a lot of practice, but above all, it requires patience. One secret to writing well is paying […]

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350+ sexy headline templates by expert bloggers to help your next post go viral!

July 6, 2016 | No Comments

There are literally hundreds of Pinterest articles that have some amazing tips on how to write a post that goes viral: and they all share a common tid-bit of advice—create an irresistible headline. The good news? This isn’t nearly as difficult as it sounds. I promise. In fact, some smart cookies out there have already […]

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