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Yarn Spinning of Adequate Stupidity

Adequate stupidity? Yes, I think that about sums up “spinning,” a process that uses software to generate what Spinrobot.com claims is “legible, grammatically correct … syntax” with a single click. Spinning software is designed to allow you to revise written material in seconds by generating synonyms to replace at least 20% of the words in […]

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Word Love

Like most writers and editors I know, I work in  Microsoft Word most of the time. And like most writers and editors I know, I have a love/hate relationship with the capital W Word program. But today, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to focus on the love side. So here are five tricks […]

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The Art of the #Hashtag

#Hashtag. The American Dialect Society voted last week to dub #hashtag the Word of the Year for 2012. When I first heard that news, I winced. The word seems too trendy and tech-focused. I know a lot of people who have never used Twitter and never plan to use Twitter. Do they even know that […]

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So, You Want to Be an Editor, Part 2

When I decided to take my editing skills and go home, I thought I was headed out into uncharted territory. Thankfully, it didn’t take too long to discover that I didn’t need to hack a path all on my own; I could simply tap a few keys and tap into the wisdom and experience of […]

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Ojai Writers Conference and Workshops

Living on the far reaches of Los Angeles, I often feel that all culturally or professionally worthwhile events require me to navigate the maze of traffic-clogged freeways of the nation’s second-largest metropolis. So it’s always delightful to find events like this month’s Ojai Writers Conference and Workshops that allow me to head away from the big […]

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Chat with a Freelancer Interview

When I began work life as eDitmore Editorial Services 18 months ago, I had little understanding of how much the world of editorial freelancers had changed in the half decade that I had been away. Although I knew I could count on the Internet and email to help me find clients, I didn’t really understand […]

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Who Knows What I’m Talking About?

Lately I have noticed ads popping up on my Facebook page that are directly related to specific words I’ve used in my status updates or  in comments on my friends’ pages. I find that more than a little creepy. One of the most appealing aspects of the Internet has always been its implied promise of […]

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Most Valuable Writing Lesson

A few days ago, my son Jonathan proudly announced that he had received a 98 on his major research paper for his eighth-grade English class. My English-professor husband and I had spent a lot of time and energy offering assistance and advice for this project, and we were thrilled at his grade. So Michael asked […]

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Quoteable

As an editor, I spend a lot of time perfecting punctuation marks and verifying information. Determining where an author’s words end and a quote from another source begins can be one of my most difficult challenges. And yet, protecting an author from claims of plagiarism is one of an editor’s most important tasks. Last week, […]

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Writing With Legos

Scared of writing? Don’t know how to start? Or don’t know where to go after you do start? Try this little trick: pretend you’re building with Legos, those irresistible, interlocking, brightly colored, toy building bricks. Whether you want to build a skyscraper or a fighter jet or a fancy weapon, you have to start out […]

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