Common Punctuation Errors that are Denting Your Writer’s-Pride

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“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?).

Possess vs. possesses and other tricky verbs

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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… Read more »

Starting Sentences with Conjunctions…and That Pesky Comma Issue

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Never start a sentence with a conjunction… …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,… Read more »

Priority No. 1: Get the Facts Right

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Oops! We linked to the wrong article in our recent email! If you are here to read “Balancing Creativity and Clarity” you can reach it here, instead! 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… Read more »

Complimentary or complementary (and compliment/complement)?

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This is what I’ll call a “litmus test issue.” Here’s what I mean: Experienced writers typically know the difference between these words and use them properly. Writers who are either inexperienced or not careful tend to confuse them. That can be a problem in this line of work, because complimentary/complementary (and their related forms, compliment/complement)… Read more »

Balancing Creativity and Clarity

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Some people are writing for eZdia because it’s a great way to make extra money working from home. Some are writing for eZdia because they’ve always been drawn to writing, they genuinely enjoy the process, and it’s a great way to make extra money working from home. Believe me, eZdia loves creativity. Great marketing copy… Read more »

Avoiding Repetitive Wording

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When writing SEO copy, you often have to include a number of similar keywords, and that can be a challenge. We know what you’re going through—we’re writers too! It can be hard to work in the keywords in a way that sounds natural. Keep in mind that on most projects, you don’t necessarily have to… Read more »