Category Archives: Writing tips

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┬áTests 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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Three Good Paragraphs

I’m happy if I can write three good paragraphs in a row. In my now dead book project of 60,000 words, I probably had 11 or 12 instances in which I produced a set of three good paragraphs. I still … Continue reading

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Bad Revising

My last post was on how I revised the work of a writer on our team. (internal link). The next example is of bad revising, in which some unknown scriptwriter revises the book of one of the greatest minds of … 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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Good Writing is Unnatural

First draft writing resembles contemporaneous speaking. Record yourself for five minutes delivering an impromptu speech on a subject and then transcribe it. Then think about how far it is from tight, vigorous, organized writing. It’s a long way. We think … Continue reading

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Why I Didn’t Write For More Than Twenty Years

Because my high school life was so wretched (internal link), I hesitated to join anything extra-circular, anything that deviated from the main goal of getting out of that prison. It was such a killing environment that I never went to … Continue reading

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Why Do You Have Ads on Your Site?

The most unprofessional thing a job applicant or anyone showing off their work can have on their website are ads. It is absolutely devastating to see fine writing or photography mixed in with ads that talk about emptying your bowels … Continue reading

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You Do Not Control The Weather

Gathering images should be top of mind for any writer working under deadline. Most publications require you to submit your own images. If you can’t produce them yourself, you need to look at stock photography or public domain photos immediately … Continue reading

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