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Beat Writer’s Block By Being Rude & Prejudiced

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Writer’s block getting you down? Running out of ideas to kick start your motivation? Need something to get rid of that blank white screen in front of you?

I’m frequently faced with this problem, and I know I’m not alone. Like most other writers I have tried a number of different techniques, from stream of consciousness writing to getting some thoughts onto the paper the night before so that the day never starts with a blank sheet.

But I recently came across ...

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Definitely An Article About The Definite Article

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So let’s have another look at getting rid of the definite article then.

The other day I wrote about an interesting challenge with which I was presented – to write three versions of an article, with each individual sentence fully interchangeable with the other two articles, and each version of each sentence 100% unique.

I explained that creating wholly unique sentences with identical meaning and comparative length presented slightly more of a challenge than I anticipated. The problem was not so much that the major words ...

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Challenge Your Writing Skills – Kill The Definite Article

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The definite article – a word that can hardly be referred to without including it within its own introduction. For those not so familiar with English grammar – I am talking about that innocuous, but oh so prevalent word – ‘the’.

Why am I thinking about this little word? Well, it all started with a special request I received from one of my clients…

The task was to rewrite each sentence of an article twice more, so that each sentence could be interchanged with ...

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Why Writers Won’t Write But Have Very Clean Homes

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Why are writers generally so bad at writing?

I’m not suggesting that most writers can’t write – but that most writers find it incredibly difficult to start the writing process. If you’re a writer, you’ll almost certainly know what I mean. It’s not that we dislike writing, far from it – we love the writing process. It’s just getting started that seems to be the most difficult thing to accomplish for almost all writers.

It just seems that there are so many ...

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Writing SEO Articles In English – That Make Sense As Well

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Writing SEO articles in English is a tough job if English isn’t your first language – or even if it is, but you’re not terribly confident with it. Writing articles and web content that could, potentially, be read by millions can be a daunting task for anyone not confident, or competent, with writing English.

Yet almost all web content, or at least the vast majority of it, is in English. If you want your website to be noticed, then English is ...

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Why Customers Might Be Important When Writing Product Descriptions

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Product descriptions are not shopping lists.

This might appear to be a fairly obvious statement to many, but a remarkable number of product descriptions, for anything from mobile phones to software, are written as though simply bombarding the customer with a huge list of features will result in them meekly giving in to the insurmountable pressure of evidence.

To write a good product description it is important to approach the project from the point of view of your prospective customer. Too often ...

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Time To Kill The Mighty & Wonderful Adjective?

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As an enthusiastic writer I have many books written by professional writers and authors, giving their views on how the job should be done. One suggestion I read a little whileback is that a budding writer should attempt to do away with adjectives.

Apparently, adjectives are a lazy way of writing, and are a clear indication of an amateur writer trying to make his prose more flowery and impressive.

There may be some truth in this, but simply because I am right ...

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Traditional English – Does Such A Thing Really Exist?

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When it comes to the English language, I see myself as something of a traditionalist.

Other people may see me as an old fashioned stick in the mud, or just simply a stubborn English mule. I’m the sort of person whose fingers become twitchy whenever I strole through a market and see apostrophes scattered liberally as though they were on a buy one get one free – “Luverley apostrophes – five fer a pound luv!”

As you might imagine, when it comes ...

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