“My blog is better than your’s”- wrote no self righteous grammar Nazi ever. For the uninitiated, bad punctuation (your’s) is akin to wearing a bright floral dress for a funeral- it’s misplaced and sticks out like a sore thumb. Besides, you’ll look less trusty (as a err..wordsmith nothing scarier than that, right?). Continue reading “Common Punctuation Errors that are Denting Your Writer’s-Pride” »
As a content writer we all wish to excel and get appreciated for what we write. Using fancy words doesn’t always mean the content is worthy enough. In an ardent effort to be creative with the content, writers tend to go off the track and write completely redundant, out-of-the-context or awkward ideas. Several such silly expressions undermine the value of the content. Hence, let’s strive to go as near to perfection as we can with these quality-markers. Continue reading “Thinking Beyond the Basics Makes You an Awesome Content Writer” »
Whether you’re an accomplished freelance writer or a newbie who is still trying to figure out what the editor meant by “dangling modifier” or “comma splice,” there’s always room for improvement. The English language has a multitude of rules that can seem intimidating at worst and confusing at best, but it’s important to try to get them right if you want to keep editors and clients happy. Fortunately, there are plenty of online resources to help you learn and grow as a writer. Continue reading “Honing Your Skills: Top Writing Resources for Writers” »
Does the mere thought of working at home while dressed in your jammies make you giddy with delight? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make money on your own schedule instead of someone else’s? If so, then you might be ready to make the leap to full-time freelancer.
Being the master of your own domain as a full-time freelancer comes with plenty of perks, but there’s a business side to it that often takes people by surprise. It takes times to learn all of the ins and outs of a full-time freelancing career, but these tips should give you a good head start. Continue reading “Making the Leap to Full-Time Freelancing: What You Need to Know” »
Building a successful freelancing career takes time, hard work and perseverance, and it’s not something you can achieve overnight. You need to build up a reputation and earn credibility with your clients before your business can take off the way you want it to. No matter how much passion you have for what you do, these career-killing moves can keep your business from growing. Continue reading “5 Ways to Kill Your Freelancing Career” »
It may come with some built-in perks, but work-at-home freelancing is tough. Freelancers spend their days dealing with dry spells, making sure they get paid for the work they do, trying to find enough time in the day to fulfill their obligations when work is plentiful, and competing with other writers from around the globe for every available job. They’ve got style guides to learn, editors (or writers) to deal with, emails to answer—and that’s all in addition to the writing or editing work that brings home the bacon.
It’s a tough job, and freelancers need all the support they can get from family and friends. Unfortunately, family, friends and neighbors sometimes don’t understand that it’s a legitimate full-time job. Continue reading “They Just Don’t Get Me: How to Explain that Freelancing is a Real Job” »
As a copy editor, I’ve corrected some truly bizarre typos, misspellings and poorly conjugated verbs. I’ve seen “eked” spelled as “eeked,” I’ve seen havoc “reeked” instead of “wreaked,” I’ve come across “uninhibited” islands, and I once encountered a “steak of bad luck.” These amusing slip-ups were usually one-time occurrences.
But I’ve seen the verb “to possess,” especially the third-person form, misspelled by countless writers—”he posses,” “she possess,” “he possessess,” and so on. Something about that word consistently trips writers up! Continue reading “Possess vs. possesses and other tricky verbs” »
Tools for Checking Grammar and for Plagiarism
Posting copy that’s plagiarized or full of grammatical errors online can ruin a company’s reputation, or your personal reputation as a writer. If you care about creating quality content as much as we at eZdia do, there are a number of online resources you can use to make sure your content is original and error-free.
The Internet is full of grammar-checking sites of varying quality. Ginger’s grammar check feature can catch a few errors, though it’s better at correcting spelling mistakes and mixed-up homonyms than it is at fixing your grammar. Reverso’s spelling and grammar checker is a bit better at catching grammar mistakes, but the most effective online grammar checker today may be Grammarly.
So, which program should you use? Continue reading “Double-Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself” »
…is something your English teacher probably told you once or twice or 1,000 times. And for formal writing, it’s good advice.
That’s not the case at eZdia. For our purposes, starting a sentence with a conjunction is—for the most part—perfectly fine.
I’ll come back to that in a moment, but first, let’s briefly cover conjunctions. The most common ones are and, but, so, and yet. There are others, but let’s stick with the big four. Their main purpose is to provide connections in sentences, which is why it seems a little wacky to put them at the front of a sentence. Continue reading “Starting Sentences with Conjunctions…and That Pesky Comma Issue” »
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Shortly before I wrote this post, I reviewed a well-written description from a writer who has shown some solid potential. It was the best thing I’d seen to date from this person. I can be a tough critic when submitted copy has major issues, so I always try to laud the author when something’s done particularly well. I started writing some very complimentary notes.
And then I did what I always do: I compared the copy to the product link to make sure everything was kosher. I figured it was purely a formality, but then I saw the mistake. Continue reading “Priority No. 1: Get the Facts Right” »