9 Steps to Clearer Writing: Cutting the Fat and Choosing Words Carefully

“Big is Beautiful!” may work for plus-sized underwear ads, but it fails miserably in the world of online writing. Clear, concise writing is best. You have 500 words or less to take your reader on a journey with a destination of your choosing. The Challenge Your goal is to transport readers from point A to…

9 Steps to Clearer Writing: Keep it Flowing

“That has got to be one of stupidest movies I have ever seen.” My friend sat curled on the couch with half a snarl as the credits rolled for The Sixth Sense. “You would have had to have seen the whole thing to get it,” I explained. Coming in on the middle of a movie…

9 Steps to Clearer Writing: Focus

“I want my sexy!” screamed my four year old from the bathtub. I could hear his older brother patiently going through a list of possible words, other than sexy, that might placate the little guy. With each incorrect guess, duckie?, cookie?, Saltie?, wedgie?, the demand got louder and louder. I put a stop to the…

Setting Priorities: Work Vs Blogging

I love to blog. I love the more informal writing style. I especially love the freedom to express my personal opinions. Don’t we all? However, there comes a time in every blogger’s schedule when the work outweighs the hours in a day. In freelance writing, this often happens in cycles. Old projects come close to…

Finding Direction in a Virtual Black Hole

An interesting thing happened today while I was working on this website. I found a black hole in the Internet. Well, at least figuratively, not literally. I was researching keywords for clients, and took a break to research keywords for this blog. The same results came up that I found for the MTM Writing site,…

Welcome to the New and Improved Blue Duck Copy!

Finally! After months of planning and hours of labor, Blue Duck Copy now has a beautiful new home! Many thanks and sincere praises to Brian Gardner for the nifty new blog theme, and to Jamie and Harry at Men with Pens for the awesome customization, support, and encouragement. I love the look and feel of…