Category Archives: Writing Tips

What Not To Say This Year

There’s been a lot written lately about words women use that undermine their power and impact. Business Insider makes an impassioned plea for the elimination of the word “Just.” Goop has a great list of verbal/written faux pas including “But,” and “Actually.” Both … Continue reading

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Moby’s Los Angeles Architecture Blog | Creative Inspiration

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know Moby and his music. But that’s not what this post is about. What you may not know about Moby is that he also has a blog devoted to Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Tom Clancy Obituary – Embracing your ‘Plan B’

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Twenty-five years ago, a young man fascinated with submarine warfare, espionage and a career in the military was told he was too nearsighted to ever serve. Devastated, he turned to Plan B. He spent his days working at an insurance … Continue reading

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Famous Writers’ Quotes on Writing – A Writer’s Gotta Write

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For most creative types, the issue isn’t coming up with the idea; it’s pulling the trigger and executing. You’ve heard the quote, “to write is to write is to write;” the “doing” aspect is exactly what makes a writer a … Continue reading

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Wine and Writing – Does Alcohol Make Us More Creative?

Thanks to writers like Ernest Hemingway, alcohol has become a legendary agent for getting brilliant words flow out of one’s pen. But as it turns out, alcohol also gets the words flowing in a more literal sense — as a … Continue reading

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The Art of the BCC | Learn From Craigslist Joe How to Properly BCC Mass Emails

One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone sends out a mass emails but doesn’t BCC (blind carbon copy) the email addresses. With one click, not only do they share your email address with the world (making it susceptible … Continue reading

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Jonathan Adler Manifesto | What’s Your Personal Manifesto?

For a long time, the word manifesto got a bad wrap. Only communists and serial killers seemed to use them. Thankfully, these days many of our favorite businesses have them, including  lululemon and of course, Jonathan Adler. Jonathan Adler believes … Continue reading

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Beck’s 15 Cognitive Errors – Your Brain’s Greatest Work of Fiction

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The “say it isn’t so” moment. We’ve all been there. It’s that moment when you want so badly for something not to have happened that your brain jumps through every mental hoop in the book to conceive a different reality. … Continue reading

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Digital Diaries – From PostSecret to No Time for Love

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There was a time, not so long ago, when we would memorialize our deepest secrets in diaries. These diaries were hidden from view, tucked away under beds and at times even locked. Not anymore. More and more people are turning … Continue reading

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The Whole 9 Yards – Etymology of English Idioms + Puns

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When word sleuths go digging for the origin of our favorite puns, idioms and catchphrases, literature is usually a good starting point. (Joseph Heller coined Catch-22 in a novel of the same name; “absence makes the heart grow fonder” was … Continue reading

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