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Are Writers Made or Born? by Jack Kerouac (transcribed for the first time!)

I transcribed this article from two image files at the Writer’s Digest website. I have introduced line breaks of my own to make the text more readable online. This is a six minute read. Kerouac reserves the word “genius” (and … Continue reading

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Do You _Love_ to Write?

Do you love to write? I know business writing isn’t often fun, most of the time it isn’t, but do you love the sound of words in your head and do you revel in getting the right words in the right order? … Continue reading

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Once Again, The Failure of Writing Assessment Tests

ART UPDATE: Posted on Jun 21, 2022 June 25, 2022. Google has not yet linked this profile site to my primary site. Go here for my primary site: https://sites.google.com/view/digitaldesignsart/art-gallery I am so sick of writing about this. Online business writing, … Continue reading

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The Content Mill as Crime: A Look at Urban Writers

One cent a word. Going up to two cents a word. I once did a number of writing jobs for Catalogs.com. They’re a content mill and I was paid $25.00 to $35.00 an article, depending on if I supplied photographs. … Continue reading

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When Did the Modern Writing & Poetry Era Begin?

When Did the Modern Writing & Poetry Era Begin? After World War II. A clear line exist between writers and poets who established their reputations before World War II and those that came after. I don’t read many of the … Continue reading

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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold: Book versus Movie Script

A novel and its screenplay well demonstrate the skills of revising and editing. A book must be pared down to fit a film’s run length and to eliminate much of the scene setting in a novel done with words and … Continue reading

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The Irrelevance of Writing Assessment Tests to Online Writing

Q: Why aren’t writing assessment tests relevant to online writing? A. Because it’s far easier and quicker to recast a sentence than to research a problem. Q. Can you give an example? A. Sure. Take the title of this post: … Continue reading

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What Content Authority Means in SEO and Why it is Important

January 2, 2021 What Does Content Authority Mean? Content authority means a website that Google considers an encyclopedic reference to a particular field or topic. Any practitioner in a highly competitive market should have this Wikipedia like presence if they can … Continue reading

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Problematic

Overly sensitive types at the start of the Snowflake Era began substituting the word “problem” for the word “issue.” Today, “issues” is everywhere. Your car no longer has any problems but instead a number of issues to be taken care … Continue reading

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Rewriting F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’ve always liked the following sentence from the Great Gatsby but I’m bothered by how  “careless” and “carelessness” are found so close together. Fitzgerald is making an important point in this sentence but the second use doesn’t expand on what … Continue reading

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