How to Proofread Like a Pro

How to Proofread Like a Pro

Proofreading (sometimes called Proofing) Proofreading, or proofing as it is sometimes called, is the process of finding and correcting grammar errors, misspelled words and misused or missing punctuation. This is your last step after writing and editing. At that point, your brain is probably fried (I know mine is!) so take a break after editing. Then, … Continue reading

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How to Edit Your Writing Like a Pro

How to Edit Your Writing Like a Pro

Before You Hit Send – Edit! Many people often confuse the writing process and the editing process. But here’s the deal. Writing involves only one thing – putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys). Editing, however, is the process in which you fine-tune your writing. When you write, you shouldn’t worry about fragments, run-ons, misspelled … Continue reading

Content Marketing News From Around the Web

Content Marketing News From Around the Web

From time to time I’ll be sharing a “roundup” of news from around the web on certain subjects such as writing, editing, proofreading, grammar, blogging and content marketing. (Heard of content marketing but don’t really know what it is? Check out this cool infographic pinned here on Content Marketing Basics.) If you’re a small business owner … Continue reading

Apostrophes: How the Heck Do You Use ‘Em?

Apostrophes: How the Heck Do You Use ‘Em?

I have something really embarrassing to admit to you. I am an abuser. Apostrophes are my victim. Yep. I’m guilty of misusing and abusing the innocent little apostrophe. “How is that possible?” you say. “Aren’t you a writer? A copyeditor even? You know, someone who edits the written word??” Yep. But I’m still guilty. It’s … Continue reading

3 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Blog

3 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Blog

We like things easy and simple, don’t we? Sure we do. Convenience foods, computers that think for us, smart phone apps for everything imaginable, air conditioning when it’s hot, heat when it’s cold…you get the picture. But, when it comes to some things in life we forget to take it easy. We forget to keep … Continue reading

Refresh Your Content and Dust Off Your Blog!

Refresh Your Content and Dust Off Your Blog!

New Year, New Content! A new year holds such fun and excitement, doesn’t it? Refreshing your content on your website or blog may not sound like much fun, but the rewards you’ll reap are worth it – better search engine results, visitors who are better informed about your business and increased sales and traffic overall. … Continue reading

5 Tips for Writing Better Emails

Write Better Emails with these 5 Tips! Have you ever received an email from someone who went on and on before finally getting to the point? I’m sure you’ve probably also received those annoying spam emails with horrible subject lines that just scream, “Delete me! Delete me now!” Or, you’ve received a legitimate email from … Continue reading

5 Great Tips on How to Write Better Memos

How to Write A Better Memo! Let’s face it. Writing a business memo strikes about as much fear into us as having to write a résumé or face down a lion. Knowing that a large group of people will read your memo leaves your palms sweating and your heart racing, doesn’t it? Why? Because the … Continue reading

Did You Know Content and Social Media Work Together?

If you haven’t noticed by now, social media and content marketing are major buzzwords flying around the internet and a big reason many companies are seeing an increase in sales. In fact, 78% (that’s more than three-quarters) of CMO’s think that content marketing is the future of marketing. (see infographic below) As a business owner … Continue reading

When It’s Time to Reboot

Reboot or Die You know how sometimes your computer or your phone starts freaking out on you and it needs to be rebooted? Are we any different? Recently I shared with you that I had to take a break from everything due to a death in my family. But, more importantly I also needed a … Continue reading

When Life Throws You a Curveball

When Life Throws You a Curveball

When life gets in the way of your work what do you do? How do you keep going? What motivates you to stay on task? If you haven’t noticed, my blogging has slowed down quite a bit over the past two months. It wasn’t intentional, believe me. But, sometimes things happen and before you know … Continue reading

How to Create a Catchy Headline That Rocks!

How to Create a Catchy Headline That Rocks!

Creating a catchy headline takes a little thought (ok, maybe a lot) because in today’s busy world, your readers need a darn good reason for reading your post when they have better things to do. Writing your post with quality content is certainly important, and I cover that topic in my post “Creating Quality Content Even … Continue reading

Content Marketing: Tips, Tricks and Ideas

I’m on vacation this week so I thought I’d share links with you to some great advice, tips, tricks and ideas on content marketing for your business. I’ll be back next week so read and enjoy! 1. Which Works Better: Lists or Stories? (copyblogger.com) 2. Does SEO Still Matter? (toprankblog.com) 3. Blog Content: 4 Ways … Continue reading

3 Ways to Create Winning Calls-to-Action on Social Media

3 Ways to Create Winning Calls-to-Action on Social Media

Crafting a winning call-to-action is practically ingrained in any copywriter worth their talent. But not everyone is an experienced copywriter. It’s possible you don’t have a clue what a call-to-action is or how to create one that wins you new clients. Unfortunately, you’ll also find a disconnect between social media and sales; many times businesses don’t … Continue reading

Editing vs. Proofreading: What’s the Difference?

Editing vs. Proofreading: What’s the Difference?

Do you think editing and proofreading are the same? Most people do, but in reality they are different creatures in the world of writing. You can’t have one without the other because they go hand-in-hand. They serve two different purposes but must be done if you want stellar content. There’s also something extremely important to … Continue reading

How To Add Content to Your Blog in 3 Easy Steps

How To Add Content to Your Blog in 3 Easy Steps

Are you struggling to find a way to add more content to your blog? According to the article “How to Solve Your Biggest Content Marketing Problem in 7 Easy Steps” written by Heidi Cohen, she says that: Creating enough content is a major issue for more than half of B2B and B2C marketers, according to research by the … Continue reading

Social Media Marketing: What to Post and When

Social Media Marketing: What to Post and When

I have a lot of trouble figuring out how to separate my content to figure out what goes on Twitter, Facebook, the company blog, LinkedIn, etc. Do you have any advice about how to make the most of social marketing without repeating myself all the time? – Amy H. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Is this you? Can you … Continue reading

3 Benefits of Guest Blogging

3 Benefits of Guest Blogging

At the beginning of the year, many experts stated that 2013 would be the year of “content,” especially in light of Google’s recent algorithm updates which now places more importance on fresh quality content – not just SEO alone. They weren’t wrong. More and more small businesses are discovering the need, almost a necessity, in a … Continue reading

Guest Posting: 5 Things To Look For

I came across an article today about things to look for when you accept a guest blogger for your site. In light of my recent announcement that my first guest blogger will be posting next Tuesday, I think you will like the article “Warning: Don’t Accept Guest Posts Until You’ve Done These 5 Steps” because … Continue reading

How Often Do You Blog?

How Often Do You Blog?

Do you have a blog? How often do you post – every day, every week, every once in a while? Or, is your blog like many others, started with good intentions and left behind in the cyber world with either a few posts or none at all? When I started my blog last year, I … Continue reading

Should Your Employees Write Your Content?

Should Your Employees Write Your Content?

To save money and time on their marketing activities, many businesses let their employees handle writing their content – from writing the company blog to creating newsletter content and everything in between. What you may not realize is that by doing so, you’re creating several problems that hurt your bottom line and employee productivity. You’re … Continue reading

Grammar and Punctuation Tips

Grammar and Punctuation Tips

This whole writing thing is hard sometimes, even for someone like me.  Trying to make sure you’re not misspelling a word, using a comma in the wrong place, or using one word when you mean something else is challenging. It’s even more of a challenge if you write for a living, or you’re responsible for your … Continue reading

3 Content Marketing Don’ts

3 Content Marketing Don’ts

Whether you’re writing a blog or sharing content on Facebook, there are certain things you just shouldn’t do if you want an authentic engagement with your fans and followers. There is so much information flying around out there, and it seems like everyone is saying the same thing about what you should include in your … Continue reading

More Content Marketing Questions Answered

More Content Marketing Questions Answered

The other day, I posted a Q & A about content marketing answering questions like: What is Content Marketing? Is content marketing the same as content writing? What’s the best way to use SEO (Search Engine Optimization) with Content Marketing? Today, you’re going to find out where content is going, how to make your content … Continue reading

3 Content Marketing Questions Answered!

Content marketing is the buzzword right now, but many people either don’t know what it is or have questions about it. Are you in either of these two camps? If so, I’ve put together a quick Q & A on content marketing to help you out. 1. What is content marketing? Content marketing is a … Continue reading

What Exactly Is a Content Writer?

What Exactly Is a Content Writer?

(This is re-posted from an earlier post.) When you meet me and ask what I do for a living, I’ll tell you I’m a content writer. Or, I might say I’m a content development and communications specialist. Sometimes, I’ll even say “commercial freelance writer.” But, every once in a while I’ll slip up and say … Continue reading

My First Guest Post Experience

My First Guest Post Experience

Recently, Nikki Corbett with Precise Proofing asked me to guest post for her blog. To say I’m excited is an understatement! It’s really an honor as a professional content writer when you’re approached by another professional to guest post for their blog. Precise Proofing focuses on editing, proofreading, and writing for writers, students, non-profits, and businesses. Since Nikki does … Continue reading

Add Links to Your Blog In a Snap!

Add Links to Your Blog In a Snap!

After I wrote my blog post yesterday, I was going back through and adding links to other posts I’ve written. As I was doing this, I did it the same way I always do – finding my blog posts, copying the link, then pasting them into the post using the “insert link” feature. Then bam! … Continue reading

10 Awesome Blog Post Ideas

10 Awesome Blog Post Ideas

As a content writer who blogs often, you’d think I have tons of ideas ready to write about at any moment. Um….no. Even I struggle with trying to come up with compelling posts from time to time. I mean, just look around the internet and you’ll find a huge amount of posts and articles about … Continue reading

Content Marketing Mistakes People Make

Take a look at your blog or your social media and ask yourself these questions: Is the content too technical? Are you constantly self-promoting? Is the content boring (i.e. no visuals or formatting)?  If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then you’re losing out on the chance to reach out to people, … Continue reading

Finding Your Writing Voice

As a writer, especially a commercial freelance writer, it’s a struggle to discover your “voice.” When you’re writing for other people, all of the different writing voices – business, professional, conversational, snarky, witty, educational, informal or whatever it is you’re writing in – can cause you to question and doubt your “true voice.” It can … Continue reading

Blog Milestone: 200 Likes!

Thank you for liking my posts! I’ve hit 200 likes in a very short time thanks to you, and I hope to keep them coming. I appreciate your support of my blog and my writing endeavors! XoXo ~ Dawn-Reneé

Before You Hit the Publish Button Consider This!

When you write something like an email or a blog post, are you checking your writing for errors before you hit the publish button? Are you making sure the content sounds right before you hit send? If you are – wonderful! You’re sending out a well-thought out error-free (or hopefully error-free) blog post or email. If … Continue reading

My First Blog Award – The Liebster

Thank you to Joe Warnimont for nominating me for the Liebster Award! I really appreciate the recognition of my blog. The Liebster Award is intended to recognize up-and-coming blogs with fewer than 200 followers. There are some rules to follow when you get nominated, so here they are: Post eleven facts about yourself Answer the questions … Continue reading

Content Marketing: Why Should You Use It?

Have you heard that content marketing is the new kid on the block? Just search the term online and you’ll find tons of articles about this type of marketing and how it’s taking center stage to other types of marketing. But how does it match up with traditional advertising? What’s the difference between the two? If … Continue reading

Where do Certain Phrases Come From?

Where do Certain Phrases Come From?

Have you ever wondered where certain phrases come from?  I’m talking about phrases people say or write without even thinking about it because it’s become so integrated in our everyday speech. Phrases like: Rule of thumb Play by ear Tongue-in-cheek Double-edged sword These phrases, and many others, are called idioms. According to the website Grammarist.com: Idioms … Continue reading

Commas: Where and When to Use Them

Commas: Where and When to Use Them

The poor comma. It’s as misused and abused as the apostrophe, I think. At least for me it is. Commas are hard to figure out, aren’t they? We either put too many of them in a sentence or not enough, which makes the meaning of what you’re trying to say completely wrong. For example: Let’s … Continue reading