Category Archives: organizing writing

Insane Expectations and Lies

Insane Expectations and Lies Express Writers’ current job post at Indeed.com expresses the complete and unrealistic expectations of every content mill, as well as the lie about pay. $20 to $30 an hour? Not a chance. Express points to this … Continue reading

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More On Real World Revising and Editing

Content writers don’t care about word choice. Not ultimately. It’s up to the editor, perhaps their boss, or  maybe the client who makes the final decision on words and word usage. That’s why assessment tests with difficult grammar problems make … Continue reading

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Real World Revising and Editing

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A Computer Wrote This Op-Ed. Sort of.

The Guardian (external link) asked Liam Porr, a computer science undergraduate student at Berkeley, to have a computer with the latest technology write an essay. The op-ed dragged on endlessly and I wondered if repetition was programmed into its instructions. … Continue reading

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Content Mills

I’m seeking additional writing or editing work and have again run into the content mills. I’m using Indeed.com as a job board which seems reasonable considering their size, however, they, too, list employers who offer as little as one cent … Continue reading

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Assessment Tests

Rockhounding site here: https://southwestrockhounding.com Assessment Tests From my writing website: https://thomasfarleywriting.com Assessment tests are often required but results depend on the writing style and preferences of the test writer. Or the guide they use. CMOS? AP? MLA? Importantly, will the tester … Continue reading

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Do I Need to Repeat Myself?

My rockhounding site is here: https://southwestrockhounding.com (external link) Do I Need To Repeat Myself? (internal link, to one of many pages on this) If you’re writing for the web, you are writing for your boss, of course, the client, certainly, … Continue reading

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Soulless Creatures

Opinion, hell ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many … Continue reading

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More on Revising

Editing and proofreading fiddles with copy, revising recasts. One of our writers submitted a page with this paragraph. He is a fine writer but under deadline for this piece. I have more time as I am generally not doing original … Continue reading

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Thinking of Def Con

Def Con 28 will be held this year in a virtual “safe mode”, the physical event in Las Vegas cancelled. I went to Def Con II and III. That was a long time ago. In  1994 I was at the … Continue reading

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