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Don’t let fear stop you from growing

“All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.” – Astronaut Sally Ride “When you make friends with fear, it can’t rule you.” – Writer Anne Lamott, in Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith With Halloween on the doorstep, it seemed time to talk about things that scare you. No, not zombies and ghosts and Miley […]

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Storify dos and don’ts

Have you used Storify yet? This handy free service “makes the web tell a story.” You collect – or curate, if you’d rather use the current buzzword – public tweets, pictures, video and other content from around the web, dragging and dropping them into the Storify framework to publish as a story. It’s great for […]

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Here’s how to use social media to find clients and build relationships

Find clients, build relationships, make work easier – social media can do all this and more. Here are some of the specifics from the “Social Media for Freelance Writers and Communicators” panel*, hosted by the Professional Writers Association and IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators on Sept. 26: How to find clients Brands and organizations often need […]

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Fine-tune your LinkedIn profile to open doors

(Updated September 5, 2017) Do you want to stand out among the 500+ million people who are members of LinkedIn? Well, sure you do! LinkedIn acts as a business card and an online resume, positions you as an expert and opens doors to new contacts and new business. At a meeting of IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent […]

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Thoughtless words do more damage than you know

Can a heart ache with sadness and swell with pride at the same time? Yes, especially if your son writes a wrenching, powerful piece describing what it was like growing up a gay sports fanatic. Matt came out to family and friends a few years ago, which already took courage. This post was an online […]

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A reminder about why you need balance

Work will always be there; just be sure to stop every once in a while and celebrate your successes. That’s what I told a friend this week who was struggling with that feeling of being on a hamster wheel, trying to catch up with never-ending work. It’s also a thought that came to mind when […]

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Chewability, cowpats and more expressive writing

“I grew up sort of basted in words.” That wonderful evocative sentence comes from Richard Bach in The Bridge Across Forever. The line explains his childhood, where his father read stories in German – translating as he read – and the boy’s mother would chat with him in Spanish. The June issue of my Wordnerdery […]

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12 tips for reducing email overload

And you thought your in-box was already overflowing. Now that Google Reader is on its way out, many bloggers are suggesting people subscribe by email rather than to an RSS feed. Canada Post is encouraging consumers to sign up for epost, to get bills by email rather than snail mail. And businesses are seeing the […]

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Start your business already! Here’s some advice

If you know all about starting your own business, specifically a writing business, my friend and fellow writer Marnie Hughes at Communication Artistry wants to talk to you. Marnie is well into the 16-week “Write Your Book Already!” group started by Chris Brogan; her book is for people who want to start a writing business. […]

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Fight for readability with five easy fixes

The easier we make it to read our newsletters and other material, the more people will read, understand and retain. Sometimes copy reviewers – engineers and lawyers spring to mind – will challenge you. They’ll try to turn simple words into stilted, formal comments. Sentences will lengthen, stuffed full of every fact. Jargon and acronyms […]

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