Archive For The “Writing & Editing” Category

Content Counts: Why Most Writing for the Web Fails to Deliver

By | November 28, 2013


I have two problems with the “Content!” mantra. First, it overlooks the obvious need to think about audience segmentation. Second, stylistic proficiency among many Web writers is, unfortunately, low enough to present a real barrier to content socialization.

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Relationship Tags in Your Hyperlinks

By | July 29, 2013


One effective method of helping the search engines classify and rank your content is to make careful and appropriate use of relationship tags.

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Jason’s Manual of Proper English Usage

By | July 14, 2013


As an editor, I come across a lot of freelancer work product. Much of it is good. Some of it is atrocious. Very little is pristine. Over the years, I’ve collected some notes on the most common word-usage problems I’ve seen.

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Editing Is Inherently Subjective. Deal With It.

By | June 23, 2013

Editing is, by definition, subjective.

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Want to Be a Better Writer? Then Read More and Write Less.

By | May 19, 2013

You cannot be an effective writer unless you spend ample time studying the great writers.

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“Due To” vs. “Because Of” — Usage Rules

By | March 31, 2013

“Because of” and “due to” are different parts of speech, so following basic syntactical rules will help you confusing the two in your writing.

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A Language Curmudgeon’s Brief Guide to Better Prose

By | February 10, 2013

Avoid these common writing errors to strengthen your message.

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Defining by Example vs. Defining by Word Choice

By | December 23, 2012


Using choice words leads to stronger prose and decreased ambiguity. If you catch yourself using enumerations or descriptions instead of a single, on-point term, make a point to look for excessive wordiness in your prose and edit ruthlessly.

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Writing a Novel: An Exercise in Humility

By | November 18, 2012

Fiction writing and non-fiction writing are radically different beasts, and competence in one doesn’t necessarily translate to competence in the other. For starters, you actually need to prep a novel instead of just assuming that you can sit down and let a coherent narrative spin from your fingers like Bach from Glenn Gould’s keyboard.

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Five Common, Glaring Errors in English Usage

By | October 21, 2012

Many frequent abuses of English usage and syntax won’t register with most readers but will sound like fingernails-upon-chalkboard to educated editors. Avoid these five common problems to reduce your risk of sounding like a third-rate hack.

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